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Why Wilfried Zaha is set to be absent for Crystal Palace vs West Ham

Why Wilfried Zaha is set to be absent for Crystal Palace vs West Ham

Zaha absent against West Ham

Crystal Palace is set to tackle the opening weekend of 2022 without star forward Wilfried Zaha as the Eagles clash with West Ham at Selhurst Park.

Journalist Rahman Osman tweeted earlier this morning that both Zaha and midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté will fail to feature for Patrick Vieira’s outfit having entered isolation.

Presumably, the isolation period comes in the run-up to both key assets jet-setting off to AFCON, which is set to begin in just a matter of days in Cameroon.

Zaha was expectedly included in the Ivory Coast squad set to clash with Algeria, Sierra Leone, and Equatorial Guinea in Group E, while Kouyaté was selected for joint-favorite Senegal who faces Guinea, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in Group B.

Crystal Palace enjoy comfortable first-half of 2021-22

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira should go into 2022 quite pleased with the manner in which his Eagles have taken to him in the English capital this season, after he secured the reigns from the highly-respected Roy Hodgson.

Why Wilfried Zaha is set to be absent for Crystal Palace vs West Ham

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 06: Manager Patrick Vieira and Joachim Andersen of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Selhurst Park on November 6, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Thus far, Palace sits right in the middle of the Premier League table, and has only tasted defeat six times from 19-matches, showing genuine improvement across all phases of play under the former iconic Arsenal midfielder.

On-loan Chelsea star Conor Gallagher has been crucial to their efforts, as has the aforementioned Wilfried Zaha, while Christian Benteke and summer signing Odsonne Édouard have both chipped in on the goal charts.

Summer signings Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, and Michael Olise signal an approach by Palace to guarantee quality in the first-team ranks moving forward, and the chance to upset the apple cart against West Ham today could be the perfect start to the calendar year in Vieira’s return to the Premier League.

This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Watford FC 20 -17 14
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6