West Ham vs Crystal Palace
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 8 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: London Stadium (London).
The Hammers took advantage of a pair of easier fixtures to claim back-to-back comprehensive victories within past seven days. They bagged three goals past Newcastle United and Cardiff City apiece, conceding just one at the other end at the same time. Manuel Pellegrini’s men will have a nice opportunity to keep the hot run of form going and complete a perfect week with the third win on the spin on Saturday when strugglers Crystal Palace come to the capital to visit the London Stadium.
The visitors fell to 15th after a disappointing 3-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday evening. The Glaziers had a massive opportunity to claw their way back in the contest when Seagulls defender Shane Duffy got sent off before the half-hour mark. However, Roy Hodgson’s troops conceded two more goals before the break instead.
West Ham vs Crystal Palace: Head-to-head
West Ham have a positive head to head record in matches with the Glaziers.
The Hammers won 12, drew 10 and lost 7 of 29 encounters with Crystal Palace.
Teams shared spoils in two draws when they met each other in the previous term of Premier League (1-1 and 2-2).
West Ham vs Crystal Palace: Prediction
Pellegrini will be worried about the condition of his top scorer Marco Arnautovic who had to leave the pitch in the first half of Tuesdays’ home tie with Cardiff City. The good news is that his substitute Lucas Perez notched a brace upon coming on from the bench. The Spanish forward might thus be paired alongside Chicharito to lead the line against the Glaziers on Saturday.
West Ham have been pretty efficient in the final third lately. They scored four goals past Burnley and three past Newcastle and Cardiff each. We have to see them favourites against the likes who failed to avoid a defeat against the ten-man Brighton & Hove Albion side in mid-week.
West Ham vs Crystal Palace: Bet Tips
West Ham to win @ 2.30 (13/10)
West Ham Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.20 (6/5).