Hammers aim for a top-seven finish 

Brian Jeeves

Crystal Palace v West Ham United – Premier League – Selhurst Park – Sunday (3pm) – Preview

Despite a brave performance, West Ham United exited the UEFA Europa League leaving boss David Moyes with the task of picking his troops up and spearheading a late assault on a top-seven Premier League finish.

And that starts with a tricky trip to Selhurst Park where they face a Crystal Palace side still in danger of being sucked into a relegation dogfight, but who come into the game off the back of an impressive single-goal success over title-chasing Liverpool at Anfield.

“The team did brilliantly,” the Scotsman told www.whufc.com following their Europa exit.

“They were fantastic and they deserve all the plaudits for their performance. They were magnificent from the start to the end.

“We couldn’t quite keep the energy up as much in the second half, but great credit to them.”

Moyes welcomed Jarrod Bowen back following a nagging back injury. The Hammers leading marksman should be available again to face Palace. Meanwhile, Alphonse Areola and George Earthy will be assessed, while Lucas Paqueta and Emerson are available after sitting out against Bayer Leverkusen due to suspension.

Moyes reiterated the East Londoners’ ambitions ahead of the run-in: “We would love to do it again and be back in Europe next season,” he added.

“We’ve really enjoyed the three years we’ve had and this was the third quarter-final.

“We’ve given West Ham supporters European football at a good level, we’ve won all the groups we’ve been in and we’ve come close in the quarter-finals tonight.

“We pushed a really good team close and were just short of one or two things to make the difference.” 

Jeevesie’s prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham United

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Brian Jeeves

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