Crystal Palace v West Ham United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Crystal Palace v West Ham United

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Thursday, December 26, 2019


Selhurst Park

Punter's Pick

Given the poor form of both teams it is difficult to pick an outright winner in this one. Backing a price of 10/11 for under 2.5 goals with Bet365 looks like a good shout given the poor goalscoring form of both sides. Punters could hang on for at least the first 20 minutes and give themselves the option of a cashout should the game open up. There is also value in backing under 11 corners at 5/6 as both teams lack the creative spark to get down the wings and this game is likely to be contested through the middle of the park.

Crystal Palace host West Ham in a London derby between two teams who are struggling for consistency this season. Both are precariously placed above the bottom three and a patch of poor form could pull them into a relegation scrap, making this a crucial three points for both managers in their quest to get to 40 points.

Crystal Palace come into this game having lost to Newcastle last time out. A late strike from Miguel Almiron condemned the Eagles to defeat but Roy Hodgson enjoyed a run before that game which included two wins and two draws. The results allowed his team to open up an eight point gap from the drop zone but goals is still a major concern as they have managed just one in their last three games. Palace have not scored more than two goals in any game this season with much of the pressure falling on the shoulders of Wilfried Zaha to produce something special. Whether Hodgson goes into the market for a creative midfielder and out and out striker remains to be seen as the poor form of Christian Benteke and Jordan Ayew continues, with neither having netted in the last eight games. There isn’t enough flair and guile in the middle of the park either which often forces Zaha to try and take on multiple defenders in order to fashion an opening. One option could be to bring in Connor Wickham as he offers them something different up front.

West Ham have had a torrid run in recent months but have picked up the odd victory to allay any immediate fears of relegation. The Hammers had only won one of their last 11 games in all competitions prior to beating Southampton last time out. This was a huge victory secured through a solitary strike from Sebastian Haller which has put a four point gap between themselves and Aston Villa. Creativity and goals has also been their main issue with the Hammers slightly bettering Crystal Palace in scoring more than twice in at least one game this year. Haller has not worked out to be the prolific goalscorer the Hammers were hoping for and a lack of options since the departures of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez has left them light up front. Manuel Pellegrini will have to continue to rely on hard graft and workrate in the interim as he assesses his options in the January transfer market.

Crystal Palace will be buoyed by the news that Mamadou Sakho is available having served his suspension. However the home side still remain without Scott Dann, Gary Cahill, Joel Ward, Jairo Riedewald, Jeffrey Schlup and Andros Townsend.

West Ham are closely monitoring the fitness of David Martin and Lukasz Fabianski. If neither are available then Roberto is likely to be given the nod in goal. Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson are both pushing to be part of the matchday squad having overcome injuries but Jack Wilshere remains a doubt with Ryan Fredericks suspended.

In recent meetings between these two, both have had their successes and often shared the spoils over a season. Crystal Palace did however shave the reverse fixture earlier in the season with Jordan Ayew scoring a late winner to give Palace a valuable 2-1 win. The Hammers will be seeking revenge and to even the score in this one.

Punter's Pick

Given the poor form of both teams it is difficult to pick an outright winner in this one. Backing a price of 10/11 for under 2.5 goals with Bet365 looks like a good shout given the poor goalscoring form of both sides. Punters could hang on for at least the first 20 minutes and give themselves the option of a cashout should the game open up. There is also value in backing under 11 corners at 5/6 as both teams lack the creative spark to get down the wings and this game is likely to be contested through the middle of the park.

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