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We welcome another week of Premier League action to Selhurst Park again as we take on a struggling West Ham side this evening which will hopefully see us get another positive result.

For many the international break came at precisely the wrong time. The team was building up a head of steam, players were clicking into gear, positivity around the terraces, and more importantly, positivity on social media was once again taking its form. How long that will last remains to be seen.

Not a lot has been happening over the past the two weeks at the club, and in preparation for this article it has been hard to find something to get my teeth into. One thing, however, has been keeping me entertained and that is the excelent output of new content from the Palace media team. Chris Grierson and his team have been working hard to give us fans plenty of new and engaging stuff, and I must say some of the latest videos have been rather enjoyable.

Although we have been lacking Premier League action over the past two weeks, we certainly couldn’t say there was a lack of sport on the television. NFL is in full swing, the Ryder Cup came and went, and then last and on this occasion I don’t think I would get away with ‘lastly, but no means least’, the next round of World Cup qualifiers. Some love it, others simply loathe it.

My fellow TEB colleague Lucy put it quite eloquently that it is Palace over England every time for her and to a point I agree. At this moment in time the England squad doesn’t do anything to excite me. And I mean nothing. I look at our squad and think who is going to get me off my chair? Who is going to produce a moment of brilliance? My answer, quite simply is no-one.

On the other hand I found myself almost drawn to the television when England are involved. It’s almost as if it’s a duty to watch the national team play but this past Tuesday evening was two hours I will never get back, even if it was quite enjoyable winding up my flatmate whilst he was incessantly whinging about his apparent life or death ‘man’ flu.

That is besides the point, and quite frankly, I don’t want to rumble on about England. Lucy has already done that, and perfected it down to a tee, so do go and check that article out.

Time for a brief look ahead to our game against the Hammers and what we are hopefully expecting from our rejuvenated Palace boys but please check out our full preview.

I must admit that at the start of the season I was pretty worried about the whole aura that SE25 was giving off. Then I watched the opening half against Bournemouth, and I honestly thought Alan Pardew had lost the plot. That half was one of the worst I had seen but it has got steadily better, and once again we are in a healthy place.

On the other hand, Slaven Bilic’s side are certainly not in a healthy place, and with the money they spent over the summer, much more was expected of them. They certainly won’t be pushovers a they have some extremely talented individuals, and despite many believing Palace should have the edge, it won’t be as straightforward as some think.

I certainly don’t want to see Pardew tinker with things too much. Prior to international break the team was functioning well, so why the need to change? Many have been calling for Yohan Cabaye to be reinstated into the first eleven, and although he might offer something that James McArthur and Joe Ledley don’t, in my view he doesn’t deserve a spot based on current form.

The defence has needed new personnel because of the injury to Scott Dann, and the partnership between James Tomkins and Damien Delaney has worked well, they seem to complement each other well. The forward line is likely to remain unchanged until we see Loic Remy back in contention but, again, why change something that has worked well over the past two to three games?

It is evident that Christian Benteke has made a huge difference, as has Andros Townsend, someone who I always thought was billed just a little higher than he actually was – but that’s for another article.

We’ve been crying out for a goalscoring centre-forward for the entirety of our top-flight stay, and now that we have got a goal scorer we can only go from strength to strength in my opinion.

As previously mentioned, West Ham will be a tough game this afternoon. They have some top players at their disposal, so we will have to wary of their threat. But I must say I am confident that we can pick up another positive result to continue to move us in the right direction.



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Michael Stokoe

Michael Stokoe

Michael is an avid football fan growing up through the highs and lows of following Palace. Currently pursuing a career in journalism at the University of Brighton.

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