The October international break is over. And hopefully for West Ham, the end of a forgettable start to the season is also gone.
In order for a reversal to start now, they will have to go south in the city to Selhurst Park against a Crystal Palace side in fine form that has seen Alan Pardew's team climb to eighth place.
Once again, Slaven Bilic has had to go with another different backline and formation, but goalkeeper Adrian feels that the Hammers' fortunes will turn around today in this latest London Derby in the Premier League.
MATCH INFO, HOW TO WATCH ON TV, ONLINE
Date/Time: Saturday, October 15, 5:30 PM local time (GST), 12:30 PM (U.S. ET), 9:30 PM (Mumbai, India)
Venue: Selhurst Park, London, England
TV Listings: NBC (U.S.), BT Sport (UK), Star Sports 4 Asia (India), elsewhere
Online Streaming: NBC Sports Live (U.S.),Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC Sports Live, NBC UNIVERSO, elsewhere
Crystal Palace - Mandanda; Ward, Tomkins, Delaney, Kelly; McArthur, Ledley; Puncheon, Townsend, Zaha; Benteke
Manager: Alan Pardew
West Ham United - Adrian; Ogbonna, Kouyate, Reid; Cresswell, Obiang, Noble, Antonio; Payet, Lanzini; Zaza
Manager: Slaven Bilic
FIRST HALF Recap
A terrific first half for West Ham was almost erased when Angelo Ogbonna was ruled for taking down Christian Benteke in the 45th minute. But the Belgian missed well wide of goal and was denied a minute later by Adrian off a great save from the Spaniard.
Before that, it was West Ham who bossed the entire first half, getting a deserved team goal of the highest order in the 19th minute with Manuel Lanzini finished superbly off an Aaron Cresswell delivery. With Dimitri Payet and Cresswell doing terrifically to combine, the Argentine showcased clever movement to leave Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda with no chance to save.
The second half, coming shortly.