With both teams hoping for survival, Crystal Palace and West Ham could be a worry in the Premier League lunchtime clash.
KO date, time and TV coverage
Premier League, Saturday 29 April, kick-off 12.30pm, BT Sport 1
Crystal Palace 0-0 West Ham
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West Ham’s win against Liverpool was their first in six games. West Ham have won just three of 15 in the Premier League. Six of the last seven games between the two sides had scored over 2.5 goals. Crystal Palace have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven games against West Ham in all competitions. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Crystal Palace’s last three Premier League games.
Wilfried Zaha and Joachim Andersen will be assessed before the game, but Nathaniel Clyne and Nathan Ferguson are out. Odsonne Edouard and Cheick Doucoure should both return. David Moyes named an unchanged team against Liverpool and could do the same again. Pablo Fornals will be hoping to displace Said Benrahma on the left. Gianluca Scamacca is still missing.
Roy Hodgson’s magic touch seems almost safe for Crystal Palace this season. Hodgson returned last month and won three and drew one of his first four games before losing at Wolves in midweek. One more win will probably keep them up, but they took their eye off the ball at Molineux and have not scored in their last two games. This could set alarm bells ringing if you’re considering backing a home win at 8/5. Leicester, Leeds and Southampton have won to lift Palace out of the drop zone, but West Ham are just three points and a place behind them. Only one of the above results has come at home and just five wins from 16 at Selhurst Park does not inspire too much confidence. They had 31 shots in the win over Leicester, but that may have been down to Leicester’s failings – the Foxes have since appointed Dean Smith and look transformed. Everton restricted Palace to 12 shots in their recent goalless game and West Ham have been tighter recently, especially away from home. Back-to-back clean sheets at Fulham and Bournemouth suggest the Hammers can keep Palace at bay. This means it could pay to go against history here and go low on goals. These two usually produce high scoring games and West Ham have won the last two visits 3-2. In fact, both teams have seen a score in the last 11 meetings between the sides. West Ham lost 2-1 at home to Liverpool in midweek but were denied a late penalty which would have seen them draw. They saw Liverpool dominate possession on Wednesday, but neither Palace nor West Ham tend to take possession, so it will be interesting to see who takes the initiative. The hosts will be expected to make the run, but with the third worst xG (1.07) in the league, they won’t have too much to fear from David Moyes’ men. West Ham have a respectable xG of 1.48 away from home which suggests they weren’t at the races before the goal. It’s a difficult game to predict a winner from and it might be worth backing a final. Both London rivals may be willing to take a point, both looking to survive.
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