Team News: Injured Kevin Nolan absent for West Ham United, Mauro Zarate makes first start

Kevin Nolan of West Ham United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Cardiff City at the Bolyen Ground on August 17, 2013
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Kevin Nolan and James Collins drop out of the West Ham United team to face Crystal Palace, while the Eagles also make two changes to their side.

Mauro Zarate will make his first competitive start for West Ham United this afternoon when they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The diminutive forward has replaced Hammers skipper Kevin Nolan, who is absent from the matchday squad with an injury, in the starting lineup.

Sam Allardyce has also made a change in defence, with James Tomkins replacing James Collins.

The home side - who are still without a permanent manager after Tony Pulis left the club on the eve of the season - have also made two changes to the side that lost in 2-1 in injury time to Arsenal last weekend.

Barry Bannan has come into the side to replace Jason Puncheon, who was sent off in the loss at the Emirates Stadium, while Damien Delaney has replaced the injured Scott Dann at centre-back.

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Kelly, Hangeland, Delaney, Ward; Bannan, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie; Chamakh, Campbell

West Ham United: Adrian; O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, Cresswell; Downing, Kouyate, Noble; Vaz Te, Zarate, Cole

You can follow Sports Mole's live text commentary of today's game between Crystal Palace and West Ham here.

Keith Millen, caretaker manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on August 16, 2014
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