An inconsistent Crystal Palace will be travelling to the Boleyn Ground in London to face Aston Villa as English Premier League returns after a long international break.
West Ham will be looking forward to extend their league unbeaten run to 6 games, after savaging 11 points in their last 5 league games. The Hammers under Slaven Bilic will be eyeing their fourth straight home win and improve their chances of a top four finish in this season’s Premier League.
Crystal Palace are however in search of their first league 3 points this year. Alan Pardew men have failed to win in their last 10 league games, and have lost 4 of their last 5 games in the league.
West Ham United have showed some impeccable run in recent games, replicating their perfect start to the 2015/2016 season. The hammers sits 5th on the Log with 50 points, 1 points adrift the coveted champions league position.
- West Ham United are unbeaten in the last 12 home games in the Premier League. Their last home defeat was against Bournemouth on August 2015.
- They have won their last three home matches in the league and haven’t conceded a goal in the last three.
- Their form in the last 5 Premier League matches regardless of the venue reads, 3 wins and 2 draws.
Crystal palace on the other hand sits 16th on the log, and have failed to win in their last 10 league games.
- Palace haven’t won a match in 13 Premier League outings and lost in 9 of those. Their last win came on 19th December 2015.
- There were defeated 4 times in their last 5 matches in the league, with the last 2 coming at their home ground.
- The Eagles have scored 2 goals each in their last two away matches, despite failing to win in both of them.
West Ham: Team News
Carl Jenkinson is reported to be back in training since he suffered a ligament injury in January.
The young wing back Sam Byram and experienced center-back James Collins are ruled out due to injury, but the Collins have returned to full training and could be available for West Ham’s next match against Arsenal.
West Ham: Expected Starting Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Adrain – Antonio, Cresswell, Reid, Ogbonna – Kouyate, Noble – Payet, Lanzini, Valencia – Sakho.
Crystal Palace Team News
Kwesh Appiah, James McArthur and Marouane Chamakh are still out due to respective injuries.
Yohan Cabaye, Emmanuel Adebayor, Connor Wickham and Mile Jedinak are all doubtfuls and will be closely assessed before kick off.
Jason Puncheon is fully fit and will be welcomed back straight into the starting line-up as Crystal Palace are desperate for some creativity in the attacking third.
Crystal Palace Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Hennessey – Souare, Delaney, Dann, Ward – Cabaye, Ledley – Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie – Adebayor.
West Ham Vs. Crystal Palace: Head-To-Head-Stats
It as always been a close affair any time this two sides meet. However 3 of their last 3 games have produced similar 3-1 scoreline. The Hammers were victorious twice with that scoreline in their last 3 games, and Crystal place once.
Crystal Place have won at the Upton twice in the last 5 meeting and will looking forward to make it 3 as they search for their first league win this year.
West Ham vs Crystal Palace: Prediction
Westham are currently a team to beat when it comes to league game, and with crystal palace struggling form, I back West Ham to win this one fairly easy and put pressure of big guns like Manchester United and City for a spot in the top four of the Premier League table.
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