Another London derby at Selhurst Park between two sides looking to put together a run of form after positive results last week.
Palace earned their ninth clean sheet of the season with a 2-0 win over strugglers Fulham, putting them four points clear of the drop, while the Hammers held then-leaders Liverpool to a draw at the London Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are now without a win in their last four matches in all competitions and have only four clean sheets all season – only Fulham have less to their name this term.
With the Hammers’ defensive frailties in mind, Palace to score 2+ goals at evens is a good price while, considering the dangers West Ham possess in attack, BTTS at around 4/5 is a good shout.
But a better price which catches the eye is on Michy Batshuayi, who is vying for a start after impressing on his debut following his arrival on loan from Chelsea.
The Belgian came off the bench and played a role in Jeffrey Schlupp’s late goal which sealed the win over the Cottagers. He had two shots during his eight-minute cameo and will want to impress here.
Batshuayi, 25, possesses a real threat to opposition defences, with his speed and knack for getting in the right areas in the box. He may start from the bench but the 2/1 available on him anytime is worth a small stake, 7/2 in a score-and-win if you have confidence in the hosts.
- Crystal Palace are winless in their last seven Premier League encounters with West Ham United (D3 L4).
- West Ham have won three of their last four away games against Crystal Palace in all competitions (D1), as many as they’d mustered in their previous 12 (W3 D6 L3).
- West Ham have won their last three Premier League London derbies, with the first victory in this run starting against Crystal Palace in December. The Hammers haven’t won four consecutive such matches since February 1996.
- Crystal Palace have lost 54.84% of their Premier League London derbies (51/93), the highest ratio in the division. However, West Ham have lost the highest total number of such matches in the competitions (96).
- Having picked up just two points from their first 18 available at home in the Premier League this season (W0 D2 L4), Crystal Palace have won 10 from their last 18 available at Selhurst Park (W3 D1 L2).
- West Ham have lost their last three away Premier League games by an aggregate score of 0-7. They last lost four in a row on the road while also failing to score back in December 2006 (a run of seven).
- Crystal Palace have scored the fewest (3) and conceded the joint-fewest (3, level with Liverpool) Premier League goals in the opening 30 minutes of matches this season.
- With 15 penalty goals in 75 Premier League appearances, Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic scores a penalty on average once every five games – more frequently than any other player in the history of the competition (minimum 50 games).
- West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass has been directly involved in three goals in his last two Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace (2 goals, 1 assist), including netting in the reverse fixture in December (3-2 win).
- 30% of West Ham’s Michail Antonio’s Premier League assists (3/10) came in one game against Crystal Palace, setting up all three of the Hammers’ goals in a 3-0 home win in January 2017.
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