West Ham United vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: A London derby where two old school British managers clash.
Last time: West Ham won 3-0 12 months ago. Sofiane Feghouli, Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini all scored in the second half.
This time: West Ham are 2/1 to win with Crystal Palace at 11/5 and the draw 23/10.
You might remember: Glenn Murray scoring twice and being sent off in Palace’s last win in this fixture. Scott Dann and Enner Valencia also got on the scoresheet when the Eagles won 3-1 at Upton Park in 2015.
West Ham's Last Six:
West Ham’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 3 Lost: 1
Only Watford have a longer injury list than the Hammers at present. David Moyes will be missing several of his key players for this one, including Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic, Michail Antonio and Pedro Obiang. Arthur Masuaku is suspended after his red card at Wigan last weekend too.
Crystal Palace's Last Six:
Crystal Palace’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3
Roy Hodgson also has plenty of injuries to contend with, and particularly at the back. Dann, Jeffrey Schlupp and Mamadou Sakho will all miss this match, while further forward Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Yohan Cabaye and Jason Puncheon are also out.
Both of these teams have improved since changing their managers for the current incumbents. A quick glance at the Premier League table suggests they are in mid-table, but when that only amounts to being four points above the relegation zone, there’s still plenty of work to be done.
West Ham are 2/1 to win, and are in relatively decent form at the London Stadium. The Hammers have only lost one of their last six on home turf, and that run includes a win over Chelsea and a draw with Arsenal. They have been beaten just once in five London derbies in 2017/18, and have a better record than Chelsea in capital clashes this season.
Crystal Palace are available at 11/5 to take home the three points. The Eagles have lost just one of their last six league matches on the road, and have the sixth best away form in the division over that period. They were heavily beaten at Arsenal last time out, but two wins and three draws prior to that mean they should fancy their chances here.
The draw is priced at 23/10, and it’s certainly possible that these sides will cancel each other out. Both teams have drawn three of their last six league matches when home and away respectively, and their managers are known for playing conservatively and keeping games tight. Entertainment might be thin on the ground here.
Javier Hernandez is 13/2 to open the scoring, or 9/4 to bag a goal at some point during the match. The Mexican hasn’t always been in favour under David Moyes, but a lack of options for the manager means Chicharito will lead the line in this match. He scored when the teams drew 2-2 earlier this season.
Christian Benteke is the 11/5 favourite to score in the game, and he’s priced at 6/1 to break the deadlock. This may seem odd as he’s only scored once in the league in 2017/18, but he has had so many high quality goalscoring opportunities that he should get on the goal trail again soon.
Predicted Score: West Ham 1 - 1 Crystal Palace
Look out for:
A high card count. There have been 28 yellow cards and four reds in the last six meetings between these teams, and West Ham have the worst disciplinary record in the Premier League this season. Both sides are priced at 9/2 to receive over three cards, and a bet there is definitely worth considering.
Under 2.5 goals at 19/25. Both teams have seen a total of 13 goals in their last six matches when home and away respectively, and they both saw five goals in one of the games. Goals have been thin on the ground at both ends for these sides.
It’s a long shot, but:
Crystal Palace to win 3-0, at 35/1. The Eagles won 3-0 at Leicester recently, and West Ham are ravaged by injuries at the moment. If they can get in front, Palace might be able to pick off the Hammers on the break.
Written by Andrew Beasley
Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.