Kick-off: 1500, 26/12/2019
Stadium: Selhurst Park
TV: Amazon Prime
Crystal Palace have already beaten West Ham away in the Premier League this season, coming from behind to prevail 2-1 at London Stadium in early October.
The Eagles are also unbeaten against teams currently in the bottom half of the table and Selhurst Park is always a tough place to visit.
We reckon 6/5 for a home win here is good enough to get the nod as our opening Crystal Palace vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace are coming off a frustrating 1-0 loss at Newcastle, but looked the more likely to take the points until Miguel Almiron’s late intervention.
Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur and Christian Benteke all had efforts saved by Magpies keeper Martin Dubravka at St James’ Park.
“I was rather hoping we’d even win it, let alone lose it,” commented Eagles boss Roy Hodgson.
“Our second-half performance followed on from a good first half. We had a lot of the ball and created a lot of goal chances.”
Palace had previously picked up wins over Burnley and Bournemouth, plus a couple of draws with Watford and Brighton, so their overall form is solid.
They do tend to be involved in a lot of tight tussles, though, so 4/1 for a home win and under 2.5 goals in the game stands out from the Crystal Palace vs West Ham odds.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Kelly, Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, McCarthy, Ayew, Zaha, Benteke.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham keep doing just enough to ease the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini and enjoyed another timely 1-0 win at Southampton.
The Hammers also recently obliged by the same scoreline at Chelsea, but only picked up two points from the other nine of their last 11 top-flight fixtures.
Pellegrini’s big worry here is that goalkeeper David Martin suffered a knock against Saints, while first-choice Lukasz Fabianski has been out since September with a hip injury.
That could lead to a recall for error-prone Spaniard Roberto, who was between the posts for five defeats and a draw in his six appearances before being axed.
“Roberto didn’t have good performances when he played but I always say he has a career behind him, a lot of experience,” said Pellegrini.
“Maybe he was a bit unlucky but I continue to trust in him. If he has to play, he will do it in the way we know he can do.”
A pair of stats which will interest punters is that at least one team has failed to score in West Ham’s last five away games, while the same applies to 12 of Palace’s past 18 league fixtures.
That makes 21/20 for ‘no’ in the market on whether both sides will score worth adding to our Crystal Palace vs West Ham betting tips.
Last West Ham line-up: Martin, Cresswell, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Fredericks, Snodgrass, Noble, Fornals, Antonio, Rice, Haller.
Newcastle 1-0 CRYSTAL PALACE
Southampton 0-1 WEST HAM – Sebastian Haller
Head-to-head: West Ham 1-2 Palace, Palace 1-1 West Ham, West Ham 3-2 Palace, West Ham 1-1 Palace, Palace 2-2 West Ham
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