West Ham v Crystal Palace
15:00 - 14/1/2017 - London Stadium, East London
West Ham come into this game having lost three of their last five home games, and three straight games across all competitions, all of which were losses to nil. This week they host a Crystal Palace side desperate for form after four losses in their last five league games. These two sides met in mid-October in a clash that produced a 1-0 win for the Hammers, but with each team losing several key players to international duty, both sides will be apprehensive about this fixture.
The absence of Zaha will be the main concern for the Eagles: having contributed four goals and eight assists since the start of the campaign, and three of those goals and seven of those assists have come since 22 October. Given that they’ve scored only three in their last five, now is a bad time for them to lose their major goalscoring threat. Their draw away at Watford snapped a run of five consecutive away losses against middle-third sides, although they got on the board in four of those – they’ll hope not to return to that poor form against middling sides. West Ham have scored one in each of their last three home games against bottom-six sides, so if they win, it’s unlikely to be a convincing display.
The Hammers have won four of their seven games against bottom-six sides this term and remain undefeated at home against such teams, but they’ve been level at the break in five of those. As such, we think Draw/West Ham is the way to go in what should be a tight game.
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