West Ham will be aiming to make it three wins on the bounce when they host Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a game which is set to kick off at 14:00.
After making a decent start to their league campaign, the Hammers are currently sitting inside the top half of the Premier League table in 9th position. David Moyes’ side have gained 20 points from their opening 13 league games following 6 wins, 2 draws and 5 defeats.
Last time out, the Hammers left it late to secure all three points against Burnley. Burnley took the lead early in the second half when Jay Rodriguez converted a penalty. West Ham struggled to break down the Clarets' defence, but they eventually got back into the game when a cross from Mohammed Kudus was turned into the net by O'Shea under pressure from Divin Mubama.
The Hammers continued to push for a winner, and they were rewarded in stoppage time when Soucek rose highest to meet a cross from Benrahma and head home the winner.
Crystal Palace currently find themselves in 13th position in the table having amassed 15 points from their 13 league games so far this campaign. The Eagles come into this match on the back of a poor run of form which has seen them lose four of their last five league outings.
Last time out, Palace suffered an unlikely defeat as they were narrowly beaten by Luton. Substitute Jacob Brown struck late for the Hatters who secured their first home Premier League win.
The fixture of West Ham vs Crystal Palace has a long and storied history, with the two sides first meeting coming in 1906 in the Southern League First Division. In total, these sides have met on 66 occasions, with West Ham having won 25, Crystal Palace having won 18 and there having been 23 draws.
In the recent history of this fixture, the games have been high-scoring and unpredictable. In the last five meetings of the two sides, there have been 24 goals. Furthermore, both sides have scored in the past 12 meetings between these sides.
Crystal Palace came out on top of a seven-goal thriller when these sides last met in April. West Ham took an early lead through Tomas Soucek in the 14th minute, but Crystal Palace responded with three goals in quick succession before half-time. Odsonne Edouard, Wilfried Zaha, and Eberechi Eze all found the net for the Eagles to give them a 3-1 lead at the break.West Ham fought back in the second half, with Manuel Lanzini pulling a goal back in the 55th minute.
Said Benrahma then equalised for the Hammers in the 69th minute, setting up a tense finish. However, Crystal Palace had the final say, with Eberechi Eze scoring his second goal of the game in the 82nd minute to secure all three points for the Eagles.
It is the home side who come into this match as odds on favourites and are currently priced @ 19/20, whilst an away win for Palace is priced @ 11/4 and a draw is @ 5/2. We are backing West ham to win and over 2.5 goals because this fixture’s recent history has been littered with high-scoring matches.