Crystal Palace vs West Ham Prediction & Match Preview

Crystal Palace vs West Ham
England – Premier League
Date: Thursday, 26 December 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Selhurst Park (London).

Crystal Palace have been pretty solid at the back the whole season, and especially at home, against teams other than from the top-most tier. Combining the struggles of West Ham on the road to this equation, the chances for a great performance from Palace looks high this Thursday.

Crystal Palace vs West Ham Head-to-head (h2h)

  • The last time these two met, Crystal Palace won on the road, 1-2.
  • The previous five games had goals from both teams.
  • At this venue, the prior two meetings had ended in draws.
  • In the past 15 years, only twice have Palace scored more than one goal at home.

Crystal Palace vs West Ham Prediction

Crystal Palace suffered a tough loss the last match-day. They were on the road against Newcastle, and not a single goal had come till late into the game. However, the hosts fired in the sole goal and winner of the game in the 83rd minute, to break the visitors’ hearts.

Meanwhile, West Ham secured a narrow win on the road the previous game week, against arguably the worst defense in the league. Taking on Southampton, the guests registered a hard-fought 0-1 victory, with the goal coming in the 37th minute.

At present, West Ham stand winless in ten of their last twelve overall games, and eight of these were losses. On the road, they have just two wins to show for, from their previous eight trips.

On the other hand, Crystal Palace were unbeaten in four of their last five overall fixtures, and have lost just thrice in total at home this whole season in all competitions. Importantly, keep note that, all three losses had come against Liverpool, Leicester, and Manchester City – respectively, the first, second, and third teams in the league table.

In addition, Palace had won the reverse encounter with a 1-2 scoreline on the road, just two months back.

Considering all these observations together with the home advantage, Crystal Palace should at the least, avoid a loss this Thursday.

Moving on, understand that Palace have one of the best defenses in the league at the moment. Especially at home, they have performed phenomenally well at the back. It’s really no wonder, that they have amassed such a high number of clean sheets this campaign.

To quote a stat, this whole PL campaign, they have conceded just two goals in total at home, disregarding the trio of Liverpool, Leicester, and Manchester City. On top of that, understand that West Ham had failed to score a single goal in five of their last eight matches on the road.

Finally, consider the fact that, Crystal Palace have scored more than one goal just once in their previous ten match-days, just once at home this whole season, and just twice at home in h2h clashes since 2004.

These above-mentioned findings help us to deduce that, this upcoming encounter will be a low-scoring one. While the safe choice is Under 3.5 Goals at 1.40 odd, risky punters could go for the Under 2.5 Goals option at 2.00 odd.

Crystal Palace vs West Ham Betting Tips

  • Double Chance: Crystal Palace or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5)
  • Under 3.5 Match Goals @ 1.40 (2/5).