It’s been a busy few weeks for West Ham United, but with the football calendar easing up, the Hammers can now turn their attentions to a huge London derby against Crystal Palace this weekend.
It was a frustrating showing last time out for Slaven Bilić’s men, but with cup competition no longer a distraction, they can now place their full focus on the Premier League and a push for a top ten finish.
But first they must get past a Palace team fighting for top-flight survival.
West Ham boast a good recent record against the Eagles, with the Irons having won three and drawn one of their last five meetings – and they’re 7/5 to extend that, with Crystal Palace 11/5 to win and the draw at 23/10.
A 1-0 win at Selhurst Park back in October breathed life into the Hammers’ season, and they’ll be hoping another victory can act as a catalyst for the second half of the campaign.
A repeat of that scoreline is 7/1 on Betway’s ‘Correct Score’ market.
Interestingly, in four of the last five meetings, both teams have found the net with Palace’s last visit to east London ending in a 2-2 draw.
Saturday represents something of a homecoming for former Hammers’ boss Sam Allardyce. Big Sam enjoyed a four-year spell in east London, but as a visiting manager you have to go back to 2005 for his last win on West Ham turf.
Palace are without a win under Allardyce, with the Eagles having conceded five times since his arrival at the end of December.
While Palace have problems at the back, they’re more than capable of finding the net with the likes of Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend particularly dangerous.
Goals tend to be on the menu in this fixture, with 17 scored in the last five meetings between the two – averaging at over three per-game.
And if you think it will be a more low-scoring affair, ‘Under 1.5’ goals is currently 12/5.
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