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Crystal Palace vs West Ham: Predictions
West Ham finished 2019/20 just five points clear of the relegation zone, having spent a large part of the campaign battling against the drop. However, David Moyes’ side have found their feet this season, currently sitting seventh, but just two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
The Hammers have lost just five times in the Premier League this season, with four of those defeats coming against teams in the so-called Big Six (Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea). Since that defeat to Chelsea just before Christmas, West Ham have gone seven games unbeaten across all competitions, with five straight victories including two in the FA Cup to set up a fifth-round tie against Man Utd.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace already seem to have hit the comfortable-yet-pointless part of the season, with both relegation and European football considerably far away. The Eagles are 11 points clear of the drop zone as things stand, but also 11 behind fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, the only guaranteed European spot as things stand.
Of course, with half of the season still to go, Crystal Palace are neither safe nor out of contention for Europe, but Roy Hodgson’s men aren’t in good form. They have won just two of their past 10 games across all competitions, a run which included a 7-0 defeat to Liverpool and 4-0 loss at Man City.
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Crystal Palace vs West Ham: Match Stats
With the form these two sides are in, all signs point forwards a West Ham win, with Crystal Palace now 19 games without victory against a team in the top half of the Premier League. But West Ham games have been known to have goals this season, with the 11 of the Hammers’ 19 Premier League matches so far seeing at least three goals scored.
One man who can be expected to get on the scoresheet this week is Michail Antonio. Having missed a big chunk of the first half of the Premier League season, Antonio has returned to the starting XI in the past two matches, scoring in each. He was also rested against Doncaster at the weekend so will be raring to go in this London derby.
16 December 2020 – West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace – Premier League
26 December 2019 – Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham – Premier League
5 October 2019 – West Ham 1-2 Crystal Palace – Premier League
9 February 2019 – Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham – Premier League
8 December 2018 – West Ham 3-2 Crystal Palace – Premier League
Crystal Palace are in good form in matches against West Ham, unbeaten in their past four games, with two wins and two draws in the Premier League, their longest unbeaten run against the Hammers in the competition. However, that streak did come after a run of four defeats in seven, something West Ham will be hoping to get up and running once again.