Crystal Palace v West Ham: Irons to make capital gains again

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It was a rebel-rousing, pressure-relieving 3-0 win for Sam Allardyce’s West Ham side over Fulham and with the wind now in their sails, the Hammers can land another blow to Crystal Palace’s survival ambitions.

If only West Ham played London derbies every week (unless they are against Chelsea), this Premier League malarkey would be simple for the Irons, who are priced up attractively at 29/20 to land their first back-to-back Premier League wins of the season at Selhurst Park.

Emphatic victories over Tottenham and Fulham represent West Ham’s only three-point hauls in their last dozen league games since defeating Cardiff in their seasonal curtain-raiser, so they seem to relish an inter-capital tussle.

In contrast, the enormity of the task ahead of him must have dawned on new Palace boss Tony Pulis as his tenure got off to a losing start at fellow strugglers Norwich, which ended the Eagles’ own mini revival.

Whereas Allardyce’s decision to field a recognised striker paid dividends with three goals arriving against the Cottagers, the serious lack of goals from Palace is certainly the most crippling factor for Pulis to deal with.

A return of only three Premier League goals from their last 10 games just isn’t going to get the job done for the south London outfit, with Pulis already looking to bring in players in the January transfer window.

It’s now five games in a row that the total number of goals in the games featuring Palace has gone below the 2.5 mark and this lends considerable weight to the juicy price of 4/1 on a West Ham win with under 2.5 goals scored or simply the safer 4/6 bet on under 2.5 in total.

Being Pulis’ first home game in charge it’s safe to assume Palace will be fired up from the off and with their last two Selhurst Park fixtures seeing a 0-0 scoreline reached at the break, the 9/2 on the draw-away in the half-time/full-time market looks tasty.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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