Crystal Palace v West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 05, 2019
Selhurst Park - Premier League
Roy Hodgson's Palace host West Ham this weekend, looking build on their win against Fulham on their last Premier League outing.
West Ham won 3-2 in a thrilling tie at the London Stadium the last time these two sides met, with Felipe Anderson scoring a second-half winner. The Hammers are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against Palace, a run stretching back to 2014.
Crystal Palace welcome back talisman Wilfried Zaha, who has served a one-match ban, but Cheikhou Kouyate and Pape Soaure are both still long-term injury absentees.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful that Marko Arnautovic and Samir Nasri will be fit in time to play, after missing their last game. However, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini, Fabian Balbuena, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid are all still sidelined.
Crystal Palace v West Ham Preview and Predictions
Palace beat fellow relegation battlers Fulham 2-0 at home last weekend, as Hodgson's side registered their first Premier League win in four games. The Eagles are still firmly in the relegation shake-up, and they will be looking for a boost ahead of tough games against Leicester City and Manchester United later on in February.
West Ham collected a hard-earned point against league leaders Liverpool in their last game, which ended a three-game losing streak in all competitions for Pellegrini's team. However they will be confident of a positive result at Selhurst Park, after collecting three wins in their last five Premier League games away from home.
This is a tough tie to call, with Palace boosted by the Fulham win and West Ham in a similar mood following their performance against Liverpool, so a draw, priced at 23/10, could be a promising way to go on this. Just two goals in their last four league games for West Ham means this is unlikely to be a goal-fest, and with that in mind, an under 2.5 total goals bet is at 4/5.
1-1 draw at 11/2
Both sides have received a shot in the arm in their most recent games, however both are still concerned about the potential threat of relegation - albeit greater for Crystal Palace in the coming weeks. A point would continue to help stabilise both sides for a tough month ahead.
Marko Arnautovic to score first at 5/1
Austrian international Arnautovic is West Ham's top scorer so far this season, with eight goals in league and cup action in 2018-19. He has also netted three goals in his last four appearances, and he will be fresh having missed the Liverpool game with a minor injury.