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East London derby sees West Ham host Crystal Palace with both sides searching for form
West Ham to win 2-1
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: London, London StadiumBet Now
West Ham’s revival this season took a small tumble last weekend, when they were beaten in a narrow game by Manchester United.
The Hammers pushed Erik ten Hag’s men all the way, however, and may feel unfortunate to have come away with nothing.
David Moyes knows that his team is improving and will be keen to test his men against a team in a similar league position to them right now.
Crystal Palace won their last game, a close fought encounter against Southampton last weekend, which helped to move them ahead of the Hammers in the table.
While the Eagles play some good football and earn enough points to be comfortable, you feel that they have the potential to push on if everything clicks for them.
They don’t always fare too well away from home, however, and it’ll be an interesting challenge for them here.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Have won six home games in a row in all competitions
Lucas Paqueta should be fit to return after injury
Reasons to be fearful:
Struggling to perform well at the start of games
Some of the players had a long trip to Romania in midweek
West Ham fans will be confident that their team will slowly but surely continue their rise up the table as their season progresses, due to their performances of late.
Yes, their run of form hit a setback against Manchester United, although they showed real fire and determination to push their opponents to the limit in that one.
They have also gone a long way to making their home ground a fortress of late. The Hammers have won all of their last six games in all competitions, making them a tricky opponent to face at the London Stadium.
Positively, Lucas Paqueta should be fit enough to return after a collarbone injury. While the Brazilian is yet to show his full potential since moving to the club, but he is a quality addition when available.
Star Man – Declan Rice
Not a goalscorer, but West Ham’s captain motivates and drives his fellow players forward brilliantly. His fearsome strike almost earned a point for his club last weekend against Manchester United.
Reasons to be cheerful
Have the firepower to trouble West Ham’s defence
Vieira has had a full week to prepare his men for this
Reasons to be fearful
Haven’t won away in the league this season
No wins from their last four meetings against the Hammers
Like West Ham, Crystal Palace are another team that plays so much better at home than on their travels.
Away from Selhurst Park, Patrick Vieira’s men don’t play with the same freedom, organisation or desire as they do in front of their home support.
It is a worry for the manager because, as the season progresses, they will find it more and more difficult to break into the top 10 with such a poor away record.
You wonder how they can beat the Hammers here, too, with their opponents having such a good home record of late.
While the Eagles are currently ahead of West Ham in the table, that may not last for long if their away form continues here.
Star Man – Wilf Zaha
There has been talk of Wilf Zaha’s contract expiring in the summer and what his choice might be after that. For now, he is totally committed to the club, having scored 88 goals in 441 appearances so far.
West Ham will control the majority of the game
Palace are more comfortable playing on the counter
Both teams to score
This fixture holds the current longest run whereby both teams have scored in all of their last 10 meetings.
West Ham have usually gone on to have the upper hand, especially of late, but Palace have tasted victory in this fixture on the years.
We know all about how good West Ham are at home, and how poor Palace are away, and for that reason you would expect the Hammers to come away with three points.
West Ham to win 2-1
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