The news of Dylan Tombides’ tragic passing yesterday has affected everyone associated with West Ham United.
But his fellow teammates will have been seriously affected by the news and will be extra up for this afternoon’s clash with Crystal Palace.
In a game that has all but lost its importance because of yesterday’s news, Sam Allardyce is expected to name an unchanged side to the one that lost to Arsenal on Tuesday night. Although the return of captain Kevin Nolan could mean either Antonio Nocerino, Mohamed Diame of Matt Jarvis returning to the bench to accommodate the player Sam Allardyce refuses to drop.
The first-half performance against the Gunners was certainly one that could hurt an inform Palace side and, if they can keep that level of performance up for 90 minutes (for once!), we should emerge with a victory in honour of Dylan Tombides.
So here’s how Sam Allardyce could line-up against Palace today…