Life is tough at the bottom of the Premier League, and for Crystal Palace there was no respite in the Carabao Cup.
Losing 4-1 to Bristol City was not the escape Roy Hodgson wanted and it piles on the pressure going into their London derby with West Ham United.
By comparison, the Hammers are flying high after coming from 2-0 down to beat Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
Slaven Bilić’s team will have their head up in a game which could either see the Eagles close within two points of the East London club, or watch West Ham move away from the relegation zone.
Although it is still early in the season, every point against the teams around you is crucial.
In the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United, the former England boss went with 4-4-2, playing the quick, powerful duo of Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha up front.
Christian Benteke is still out injured, so the aforementioned pair are their only real options to start at Selhurst Park.
Lee Chung-yong took a nasty kick against Bristol and will have a scan before the weekend’s game, so he is a doubt. James McArthur has been having treatment all week according to Hodgson, they still hope he can recover in time for the kick-off.
If the Scottish midfielder can’t make it, Townsend could move wide with room for Ruben Loftus-Cheek to play behind Zaha.
Alternatively, the Chelsea loanee could play a narrow role wide, as could Jason Puncheon.
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