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Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    You'll see in the team news below that Christian Benteke is a surprise omission from the Crystal Palace squad.

    Roy Hodgson has been speaking before kick-off and says the striker has a muscle strain that will keep him out of action for a few weeks.

    Christian Benteke
  2. Post update

    The Hammers have had a 12-day break since their last game.

    They were due to play Liverpool last time out but that game was postponed due to the Reds exploits in the Club World Cup.

    Manuel Pellegrini's side won their last game 1-0 at Southampton but still start today just two places above the drop zone.

    Premier League
  3. Post update

    Remarkably Roy Hodgson has never won a Premier League match on Boxing Day. Will he get a late gift this year and end that run?

    Or will West Ham gain another much needed win?

    We'll find out soon enough.

    Roy Hodgson
  4. Post update

    Boxing Day is a day for leftovers and football. Everyone knows that.

    We're one game down on this bumper day of Premier League football and now it's time for six more.

    Crystal Palace v West Ham will be the focus here.

  5. Team news

    Crystal Palace v West Ham (15:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace make just a couple of changes from their 1-0 loss at Newcastle last time out.

    Mamadou Sakho is back from injury which sees Cheikhou Kouyate's move back into his preferred position in central midfield while James McCarthy drops to the bench.

    Elsewhere, Max Meyer replaces Christian Benteke with the Belgian not in the Palace squad.

    Crystal Palace: Guaita (GK), Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Meyer, Kouyate, J Ayew, Zaha, Sakho, McArthur, Kelly.

    Subs: Hennessey (GK), Wickham, McCarthy, Camarasa, Woods, Keutcha, Riedewald.

    West Ham

    The most interesting team news comes from West Ham with Manuel Pellegrini having to turn back to goalkeeper Roberto because neither Lukasz Fabianski or David Martin have recovered from injuries.

    The Spaniard has conceded 19 goals in nine games this season and was dropped after a number of costly errors earlier in the season.

    Pablo Zabaleta replaces Ryan Fredericks at right-back in the only other change.

    Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson are back on the bench after absences through injury and illness respectively.

    West Ham: Roberto (GK), Cresswell, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Snodgrass, Noble, Fornals, Ogbonna, Haller, Antonio, Rice.

    Subs: Anang (GK), Anderson, Lanzini, Sánchez, Diop, Masuaku, Ajeti.