West Ham United vs Crystal Palace Predictions
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- Both teams have scored in each of the last six meetings between West Ham and Crystal Palace.
- Crystal Palace are unbeaten in five of their last six encounters with West Ham.
- West Ham have scored just one goal in each of their last three skirmishes with Palace.
- West Ham have dropped points in 50% of their six Premier League home matches this season.
Hammers nail Leeds
West Ham continued their fine 2020/21 Premier League campaign at Leeds’s expense last Friday when the Irons came from behind to beat their frustrated hosts 2-1 at Elland Road.
The victory – which was the Hammers’ fourth in five assignments – moved David Moyes team to within touching distance of the top four, and provided further evidence to suggest the Irons’ new found consistency is here to stay.
Only Liverpool and Manchester United got the better of West Ham in the club’s last 10 Premier League contests, though it will be interesting to see how a Hammers team that excels as the underdog performs in a game they are expected to win against Crystal Palace this week.
Palace stop Spurs
Crystal Palace warmed up for one London derby by taking a point in another when the Eagles fought back from a goal down to take a share of the spoils against Spurs on Sunday.
Roy Hodgson’s men pushed hard for their deserved 81st minute Jeffery Schlupp equalizer against the Premier League leaders, though they needed some acrobatic late saves from goalkeeper Guaita to hang on in the end.
Palace have been typically inconsistent overall this season, though four points from their last two games against West Bom and Spurs should lift confidence in their ranks ahead of their test at West Ham.
Back both teams to score
Derbies between West Ham and Crystal Palace are generally keenly contested, and we expect the local rivals to fight tooth and nail for Premier League points in London this week.
Remarkably, the last six encounters between the clubs produced goals at both ends, though Palace – who won each of their last two and were unbeaten in five of their last six meetings with the Irons overall – have had the better of it in terms of results.
We think it’s wise to manoeuvre in the goal markets again for West Ham and Palace’s latest skirmish however. West Ham saw both teams score in six of their last eight Premier League assignments, while goals have been notched by both sides in five of the Eagles’ most recent eight tests.
West Ham and Palace’s head-to-head record since 2017 alongside the clubs’ own recent endeavours makes backing both teams to score a smart move for Wednesday’s game, while the Eagles’ impressive recent showing in those same head-to-heads suggests they can take something from the game at the London Stadium, which is why we’ve plumped for a 1-1 draw for our correct score prediction.
The Irons scored just a single goal in each of their last three meetings with Palace, though a solitary strike should be enough for the hosts to claim a point against an Eagles outfit that was averaging just a goal per game on the road this season before their anomalous five-goal haul at West Brom.
West Ham injuries and team news
David Moyes has no fresh injury concerns for the visit of Crystal Palace, but the Irons will still be without the services of injured pair Arthur Masuaku and Michail Antonio.
Moyes will be keen to keep faith with the same team and structure that has done so well of late, though West Ham might need to freshen things up to cope with the tough run of games on the horizon.
Crystal Palace injuries and team news
Connor Wickham, Martin Kelly, Wayne Hennessey and Nathan Ferguson are remain sidelined for the Eagles, and Palace’s team could look largely the same as the one that started against Spurs.
Andros Townsend will push Eberechi Eze hard for a spot on the flank however, while Jairo Riedewald and Luke Milivojevic will compete again for a place in midfield.
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