Selhurst Park, London, England
Key Stat: West Ham have won their last five matches in all competitions and have conceded just one goal in that run.
Expert Verdict: West Ham United have hit good form and climbed the Premier League table as a result. Five wins and four clean sheets show their improvements and they can maintain that form at Selhurst Park against a too-often-inconsistent Crystal Palace team.
Seventh-placed West Ham United travel across London to take on Crystal Palace in a match which could see them climb into the top four in the Premier League. The in-form Hammers start the day just two points behind Liverpool and David Moyes’ side will go fourth with a win. The match, at Selhurst Park on January 26, kicks off at 18:00 local time.
Defenders:Joel Ward, Cheikh Kouyate, James Tomkins, Tyrick Mitchell
Midfielders:Andros Townsend, James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic, Eberechi Eze
Forwards:Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke
Defenders:Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell
Defensive Midfielders:Declan Rice, Thomas Soucek
Attacking Midfielders:Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals
Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last four matches against West Ham United. Last season, Palace won 2-1 at Selhurst Park after a similar win at the London Stadium. The last meeting at Selhurst Park was on Boxing Day and, after Robert Snodgrass’ opener, Cheikh Kouyate levelled for the hosts and Jordan Ayew scored a last-minute winner. This season, the match at the London Stadium last month finished 1-1 – Sebastien Haller cancelling out Christian Benteke’s opener before the Belgian was later sent off. Here are the results of their last five matches:
Dec 16, 2020: West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace
Dec 26, 2019: Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham United
Oct 05, 2019: West Ham United 1-2 Crystal Palace
Feb 09, 2019: Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham United
Dec 08, 2018: West Ham United 3-2 Crystal Palace
West Ham are favourites to beat Crystal Palace at 11/8 with Betway as they bid to continue their good form.
Two factors have contributed to their winning streak, the first of which has been excellent defence. Under 2.5 goals will return 13/18 with 10Bet.
The other is Michail Antonio’s goalscoring form, and he is 7/4 with Bet365 to net at any time in this match.
West Ham United could climb into the top four with a win and they certainly have the form defensively to battle their way to another three points.