The evening match on Saturday sees West Ham playing host to Crystal Palace in a London derby. Both teams are enjoying some fine form.
West Ham Analysis
The Hammers are unbeaten in six – after being thrashed by Man City in the opening Premier League round, they have responded with a flurry of good performances. As a result, they currently find themselves just outside of the Top 4.
In addition to quality in attack in the face of new signing Haller and in-form Yarmolenko, West Ham have displayed a few impressive performances at the other end of the pitch, notching three clean sheets in a row in Rounds 4-6.
Most notably, Manchester United were the last team to visit the London Stadium, and hopefully their fans have already forgotten that encounter which ended in a 2:0 victory for the Hammers.
However, West Ham have a terrible injury update regarding their starting goalkeeper Fabianski. Latest reports suggest that he’ll be out of action at least until the New Year. His understudy, Roberto Jimenez, does not possess the same solidity and the Hammers are expected to suffer defensively because of that.
Crystal Palace Analysis
Palace have taken care of some easy fixtures recently by recording wins against Norwich and Villa at home. Additionally, they missed a golden chance to score another win against Wolves by conceding in the last minute of injury time.
Furthermore, the Eagles managed to defeat Manchester United at Old Trafford one month ago. As a result, Palace are comfortably positioned in the middle of the Premier League table.
The good news for them, however, end here. After the away game to West Ham the Eagles will encounter a gruelling succession of fixtures by facing Man City, Arsenal, Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool.
It’s safe to say that Saturday’s game will be the easiest one for Palace until December and they shall aim to extract the most of it.
Luka Milivojevic is a key figure who is going to be absent from the game due to accumulating five yellow cards in the season already. Mamadou Sakho is the only other notable injury absentee. Martin Kelly is expected to deputize at the heart of the Palace defense instead.
West Ham are in a good form and have the tools to cause significant damage in most games. You would expect them to find the back of the net at least once.
On the contrary, Palace are a team that often thrives away from home. The absence of West Ham’s starting goalkeeper may aid The Eagles’ quest in scoring at least once, too.
As we know in such situations, the draw represents a value bet (at least in my view – remember that assessing whether a betting pick represents value is subjective to a big extent).
West Ham v Crystal Palace Prediction: The Draw
Odds: 3.70* @ 1xBet
Bankroll Management: 4/10 Units
*Please note that odds vary. The odds mentioned here are correct at the time of writing.