West Ham v Crystal Palace Betting Preview – 14/01/17

West Ham v Crystal Palace Betting Preview – 14/01/17

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West Ham v Crystal Palace Betting Preview – 14/01/17

In our West Ham v Crystal Palace betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

It’s a fight between two massively underachieving sides on Saturday, as Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United host Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace at The London Stadium. West Ham are thirteenth, playing out their first season in the former olympic stadium to some really unacceptable performances, with their original hope of breaking into the top four turning into an aspiration of avoiding relegation. Crystal Palace are a single point from safety and haven’t yet found stability under incoming manager Sam Allardyce. They’re equally as desperate, if not more, for a positive result here.

With it being a new year, Hammers fans were hoping their side would have a clean slate, but that looks completely unlikely as they’ve fallen to defeats against both Manchester sides, conceding a total of seven goals and failing to score in either fixture. They now have six wins and four draws from twenty games played in the league. Things were beginning to look positive in December where they held Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to a draw at Anfield before grabbing consecutive wins over Burnley, Hull City and Swansea City. That prospect went out of the window in their last game of 2016 though, where they were beaten by Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City. Summer signings have only hindered the side, Simone Zaza and Sofiane Feghouli especially failing to live up to expectations, both likely to make their exit in the January transfer window.

Their worst result came in their last game, hosting Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at The London Stadium but showing no sign that they had any sort of home advantage. The Hammers held their own for half an hour but let standards slip when Angelo Ogbonna tripped Pablo Zabaleta in the area, prompting a penalty which was easily put away by Yaya Toure. It was at that point that the floodgates opened, City’s fierce attack forcing Havard Nordtveit into scoring into his own net. Some trickery between Raheem Sterling and David Silva put West Ham 3-0 down by half-time, Silva finishing past a furious Adrian. The second half saw much of the same where Yaya Toure’s shot from distance was tapped in by Sergio Aguero. A header from John Stones finished off the game, knocking West Ham out of the FA Cup by a five goal deficit.

When Alan Pardew pushed his Crystal Palace side to a place in the FA Cup final at the end of last season, it looked like there were a lot of reasons to be cheerful, helped by some big summer signings which included Liverpool outcast Christian Benteke. Although Benteke has been as clever a signing as predicted with his eight Premier League goals so far this season, The Eagles’ dull results eventually led to Pardew losing his job towards the end of December and former West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce coming in to replace him. He’s now been in charge of three league games, losing two and drawing one, which has been a surprise after he’s made himself known for adding more firepower and strength to even the most struggling sides in the division. Both of Palace’s last two league games have ended in defeat and Big Sam has no time to lose in transforming their fate.

Visiting League One side Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup last weekend was nostalgic for Sam Allardyce as he had spent eleven years of his playing career and eight years as manager at the club, returning nine years later with hopes of grabbing his first win as Palace boss. Both sides put up a good fight, with The Eagles’ attacking efforts looking especially exciting, but they simply couldn’t get a strong enough attempt on target, completing the game as a 0-0 draw which will now have them playing a similar tie against The Trotters at Selhurst Park. It was especially disappointing as, despite Bolton’s impressive season, they sit two divisions below and should have been a far easier side to get past.

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Draw (Best priced at 5/2 on Bet365) – BET HERE

Correct score 1-1 (Best priced at 6/1 on William Hill) – BET HERE

Under 2.5 goals (Best priced at 19/20 on Bet Victor) – BET HERE

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