After another successful, yet dull, international break for most hammers fans, with England making it 10 out of 10 wins in qualifying, everyone will be buzzing for the return of the Premier League this weekend.
We face a very tough test in Crystal Palace and their form this season has been just as exceptional as ours, with their last game resulting in a 2-0 win against the Baggies.
So how exactly can we look to beat Palace away from home this weekend?
As we all know, Palace possess such a great attacking threat to any team they come up against, being more known for their counter attacking football, which could be an area we look to exploit.
We all know that being the home team gives you the incentive to play on the front foot and control the game, with the away side setting up to counter attack. This is where it could work in our favour as we have been exceptional away from home this season and we have played some excellent football.
If we can keep it compact and keep it at 0-0 by around 20 minutes I think we will grow into the game and really do some damage. Bilic knows how to set it up so I have faith in him to pick the right team with the right style of play.
Last time we visited Selhurst Park we managed to pick up a delicious 3-1 victory, with Carlton Cole getting on the score sheet.
The players we need to look out for are Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha. They are both fast, tricky players who like to isolate their fullbacks and Zaha did that excellently against West Brom.
Cresswell will have to stick with him at all times and try not to give him space to run into, or he will cause trouble.
Another danger that will have to be highlighted is playmaker Yohan Cabaye. He is Palace’s “Payet” and he will be looking to pull the strings and open up our defence as much as possible
Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll could both be in the squad for Saturday, which is a huge boost, with Ogbonna back fit.
So here is how I think Bilic will start the game:
I think Tomkins will be put in at right back ahead of Jenkinson just because of how good he has been so far this season and a player in form does not deserved to be dropped.
Again, I always leave my prediction, but this week is a tough one.
I’ll go with 1-2 to the Hammers!