West Ham vs Crystal Palace by 20legend
West Ham has been very inconsistent this season, and after a period of two back-to-back victories they have lost their last two games against Liverpool (1-2) and Arsenal (3-1). Their form shows a 2-0-5 record from their last seven games, but it will be important for them to win today, as it will secure them another season in Premier League. The Hammers are currently in 12th place with 37 points, and a three-pointer would get them level with today’s opponent who is already safe from relegation. It looks a lot better with the injuries today as the midfielders Kevin Nolan (29/7) and Joey O’Brien (16/0) and defender James Collins (23/1) will be back after they missed the game against Arsenal. The only player that will be missing today is the striker Marco Borriello (2/0) with his hamstring-injury.
Crystal Palace is in a stunning form at the moment with 4-0-0 in their latest four games. They have beaten Chelsea (1-0), Cardiff (0-3), Aston Villa (1-0) and Everton (2-3) which have led to a currently 11th place at the table and another year in the Premier League. The win against Everton was another impressive performance from them and their manager Tony Pulis has really done an amazing job with this club. They will however try to improve their record another notch as they will be aiming for a place on the upper-half of the table. Defender Joel Ward (32/0), midfielder Yannick Bolasie (25/0) and striker Marouane Chamakh (29/5) are all doubtful, and will be evaluated from late fitness tests on Saturday, while Adrian Mariappa (20/1) are expected to play after getting his nose broken against Everton.
I think this will be a fun London-derby with goals both ways. West Ham will try to take a win here to secure their place for next season, while Crystal Palace will keep their momentum and try to get their fifth consecutive win. This is something the visitors only has done once before back in the 1992-season. West Ham enjoys facing today’s opponent with a 6-5-1 record from the previous 12 meetings at Upton Park. With West Ham needing three points on one side and with Crystal Palace’s form on the other side, I cannot see any reason why this should not be an open game, and my pick will be both teams to score, which also both teams have done in their previously four games.
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