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West Ham vs Crystal Palace Prediction & Match Preview

 

West Ham vs Crystal Palace Prediction & Match Preview

West Ham vs Crystal Palace
England – Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Olympic Stadium.

West Ham continued their impressive recent fun of form under David Moyes, after coming from behind to beat Leeds Utd 1-2 at Elland Road. 

That victory was their fifth in the Hammers’ last six league games and despite the absence of key player Michail Antonio through injury, West Ham continue to go from strength to strength this season. 

Here they host Crystal Palace in a London derby, with the Eagles having picked up a point at the weekend, following a 1-1 draw with league leaders Tottenham Hotspur. 

As positive as that result was, Palace have now failed to keep a clean sheet since the opening weekend of the season, something that West Ham will be looking to seize upon with the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals capable of taking advantage of a defensively dodgy visiting side. 

The hosts are looking like a really solid unit at present, with a strong midfield spine propped up by a well drilled defensive unit, not to mention a frontline capable of scoring crucial goals. It’s difficult not to see them using these strengths to overcome their local rivals here at the London Stadium.

West Ham vs Crystal Palace: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams West Ham Crystal Palace played so far 19 matches.
West Ham won 6 direct matches. Crystal Palace won 7 matches. 6 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.63 goals per Match.

West Ham vs Crystal Palace: Prediction

West Ham in actual season average scored 2.26 goals per match. In 9 (90.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (70.00%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Crystal Palace average scored 1.47 goals per match in season 2020. In 5 (62.50%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (50.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Despite the quick turnaround in matches, Moyes has no fresh injury problems to contend with for this visit of Palace.

Michail Antonio remains sidelined, while Arthur Masuaku is also out, but the hosts have plenty of options to fill in.

The likes of Manuel Lanzini, Ryan Fredericks, Mark Noble and Robert Snodgrass will all be hopeful of returning to the lineup.

As for Palace, Roy Hodgson fielded an unchanged XI between the win against West Brom and draw with Tottenham.

The visitors may make a change or two in midweek to keep things fresh, with Jairo Riedewald and Andros Townsend - introduced from the bench last time out - contenders to come into the side.

Jordan Ayew has scored four Premier League goals against West Ham, including the winning goal in both games last season, and may come into Hodgson's thinking.

West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals; Haller

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Kouyate, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Schlupp, Riedewald, McArthur, Townsend; Zaha, Benteke


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