West Ham v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 02, 2019
London Stadium - Premier League
West Ham look to continue their six-game unbeaten streak as they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday afternooon. The Eagles sit just one point behind them in the League however, and are in decent form themselves.
Wilfred Zaha cancelled out a first-half penalty strike from Mark Noble wen the sides met at Selhurst park last season - after West Ham won their home leg 3-2.
Manuel Pellegrini is unlikely to make many changes to the side that drew with Bournemouth with only Winston Reid and Michail Antonio missing out. Manuel Lanzini will hope to force his way into the side, taking the offensive midfielder role over summer signing Pablo Fornals.
Roy Hodgson is also expected to field a similar line-up to last week with Wilfred Zaha partnering Andre Ayew up front. The latter is in strong form having earned a starting role over Christian Benteke, whilst Gary Cahill is expected to start at centre-back over Mamadou Sakho.
West Ham v Crystal Palace Predictions and Previews
West Ham are sitting pretty in fifth place in the league, but will be desperate to win, having failed to do so since a humiliating defeat by Oxford United in the cup. Their opponents this weekend, Crystal Palace haven't lost since a similarly heavy defeat by Tottenham, and put an impressive Norwich team to the sword last weekend.
Manuel Pellegrini has seemingly settled on his strongest line-up following a period of heavy transition over the summer. New singing Sebastien Haller is impressing in the centre-forward role, whilst Andriy Yarmolenko's recover from last season's injury has seen the winger lock in a position on the right flank. Clean sheets against Manchester United, Norwich and Aston Villa have proven that the manager has found the balance that the team lacked last season, largely down to the partnership of Mark Noble and Declan Rice in midfield, providing a platform for the more attacking players.
The ability to attack without sacrificing the defense is also something that Palace appear to have achieved, with a flat midfield four supplying Zaha and Ayew with the required support to unlock defenses. This is likely to prove an interesting match-up against West Ham, who will see their creativity on the wings hampered by the likes of James McArthur and Jeffrey Schlupp. As a result, the game may be played increasingly centrally, placing the impetus on Lanzini and Zaha.
West Ham go into Saturday's game undoubted favorites, however, they must not let their guard down, with Palace likely to sit back and hunt for a counter-attacking goal.
Both teams to score at 7/10
West Ham and Palace both hit the target in their two games last season, and may do so again on Saturday.
Andriy Yarmolenko to score anytime at 12/5
The winger is in fine form, and will look to get in behind a slow Palace back-line.