Crystal Palace vs West Ham United Predictions
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- David Moyes has won all four visits to Crystal Palace
- Palace haven’t won any of their last 19 games against top-half Premier League sides
- West Ham have won each of their last five matches in all competitions
- The Hammers have won by a single goal in all but two of their league wins this term
Moyes’ perfect record
West Ham manager David Moyes has had a bit of a renaissance of late, having guided the Hammers back into the European picture. His side sit in seventh just two points off champions Liverpool, while they are into the FA Cup Fifth Round.
Things could get even better for Moyes and his men this midweek. Moyes won all four of his away league matches against Crystal Palace, winning with four different teams – Preston (2001), Everton (2004), Manchester United (2014) and Sunderland (2017). Can it make it five from five?
Eagles failing to soar
Roy Hodgson’s men aren’t getting the same uplift as the Hammers, with their recent struggles suggesting that this will be a tough clash for Palace.
The hosts come into this one having won just once in their last nine matches in all competitions. However, they’ve been picking up their victories against poorer sides.
Crystal Palace have won none of their last 19 Premier League games against teams starting the day in the top half (D6 L13). Since beating Man Utd in September, Palace’s four wins have been against the three newly promoted teams (Fulham, Leeds, West Brom) and bottom placed Sheffield United.
Hammers in fine form
West Ham come into this one having made clear strides in recent weeks. They were comfortable winners against Doncaster in the FA Cup on Saturday, which was their fifth win on the bounce. Moyes has made them organised, while the return of Michail Antonio has helped them pick up points.
With the Hammers looking strong, we’re backing them in our predictions here. Crystal Palace have won just four of their last 22 home Premier League London derbies (D6 L12), so we think West Ham can keep their good form going.
The Eagles have failed to score in their last three games, while West Ham have kept five clean sheets in six. The Hammers have won by a single goal in all but two of their league wins this season, so we’re backing a 1-0 victory as our correct score prediction.
Crystal Palace injuries and team news
The hosts hopes here have been dented by their injury list, with six players already ruled out. The Eagles will assess Cheikhou Kouyate and Wilfried Zaha late ahead of this one too.
West Ham injuries and team news
The Hammers are likely to revert to a full-strength team after rotating at the weekend. Moyes has a settled backline and he’s likely to go with the same four again, leaving the returning Fabian Balbuena on the bench.
- 8 Mar