A win is needed against Roy Hodgson's men to ease mounting pressure on Bilic, but despite the hosts' poor form, Palace won't be a walk in the park for West Ham, and the manager will only hope the absence of 2 of his key men won't prevent his charges from pocketing all 3 points. It is pretty much like the classic question, is there an easy way to break somebody's heart?
Antonio missed the comeback win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night at White Hart Lane with a rib injury, with Bilić admitting that while no other players had any new injury issues: "Antonio will train today and then based on that, we will see what shape he is in". I wanted the experience. "I'm bitterly disappointed that didn't work out because there were very few performances out there that made me think I was picking the wrong team".
"I believe I can make a difference". I took the job, that brings pressure and I will have to deal with that. Do I still get the sleepless nights that all football managers get after bad results? "And maybe when the day comes when it does change, and you can just as happily go home when you have won or lost, that is probably the time when you should not be in it any more".
"You can not compare those two things", he said.
Having won only two of nine Premier League games, West Ham now sit two places above the demotion zone, and the situation gets worse upon realising that the side are tied on points with relegation-trapped Everton.
"It is an enormous responsibility because a lot of money is involved".
He said: "We have got a group of players here who will be good enough to keep us in the league if we can keep performing and use these 29 games to the best of our advantage".
He described managing England as a different challenge.