Match: Crystal Palace vs West Ham
League: English Premier League
Date: Thursday, 26 December 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Selhurst Park (London).
Crystal Palace vs West Ham: Crystal Palace has been quite solid in the back all season, and especially at home, against teams that are not of the highest level. Combining West Ham’s struggles on the road to this equation, the chances of a great Palace performance seem high this Thursday.
Crystal Palace suffered a great loss on the last day of the game. They were on the road against Newcastle, and not a single goal had come late in the game. However, the hosts shot for the only goal and winner of the match in minute 83, to break the hearts of the visitors.
Meanwhile, West Ham claimed a narrow road victory last week, possibly the worst defense in the league. Against Southampton, the guests registered a very close 0-1 victory, the goal came in the 37th minute.
West Ham so far has not won in ten of his last twelve games, and eight of those losses. Along the way, they only have two victories to prove, during their previous eight trips.
On the other hand, Crystal Palace was undefeated in four of its last five games and has lost only three times in total at home throughout the season, all competitions combined. Above all, keep in mind that all three losses were against Liverpool, Leicester and Manchester City, respectively, the first, second and third teams in the standings.
In addition, Palace had won the reverse game with a score of 1-2 on the road, just two months ago.
Given all these observations, as well as the local advantage, Crystal Palace should at least avoid a loss this Thursday.
By the way, understand that Palace currently has one of the best defenses in the league. Especially at home, they performed remarkably well in the back. Not surprisingly, they have accumulated so many clean sheets in this campaign.
To cite a statistic, this whole PL campaign recognized only two goals in total at home, regardless of the Liverpool, Leicester and Manchester City trio. On top of that, understand that West Ham has failed to score a single goal in five of his last eight away games.
Finally, consider the fact that Crystal Palace has scored more than one goal only once in its last ten days of the match, only once at home during the season and twice at home in the H2H games since 2004.
These results mentioned above help us to deduce that this next meeting will be weak. While the safe option is less than 3.5 goals at 1.40 odd, risky punters could opt for the option of less than 2.5 goals at 2.00 odd.