Saturday 9 February, kick-off 3pm
Selhurst Park – Premier League
This weekend’s Crystal Palace vs West Ham prediction sees a London derby at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon. It’s a big game for both teams. Palace need a couple more victories to pull away from the relegation battle, while the Hammers are without a win in four.
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Crystal Palace have scored and conceded the joint-fewest goals in the first 30 minutes of their games this season. With that in mind, it’s 5/6 for there to be no goal before the 30th minute. We still fancy both teams to go on to score though, which is 4/5 with Betfred in your free betting tips and predictions. We like the score draw at 7/2 with the same bookmaker, with a 1-1 at 6/1.
Michy Batshuayi made a lively debut for Palace last week and nearly scored. Even though he only came on in the 82nd minute, one major sports outlet gave him the man of the match award. The Belgian could prove to be a brilliant signing, and is 23/10 with Betfair to score his first Palace goal this weekend. Those odds rise to 7/1 with the same bookie if it’s the first of the game too, while Batshuayi is 54/1 to break the deadlock in a 1-1 draw. In case he doesn’t start, the Batsman is 30/1 to score anytime in a 1-1 draw.
Michy Batshuayi to score anytime
Luka Milivojevic scored another penalty last weekend. His opener against Fulham was his seventh goal of the season, three more than any other Palace player. It was also his 15th successful spot-kick in 75 Premier League appearances. The Eagles captain offers solid value at 10/1 with Betfair for the first goal of this game. If it proves to be the only goal, those odds rise to 52/1 in your weekend football predictions.
Luka Milivojevic to score first
What’s the story with Crystal Palace vs West Ham?
Is Crystal Palace vs West Ham on TV? Unfortunately, the game’s not on TV in the UK.
What happened last time? Palace went ahead through James McArthur at the London Stadium in December, but West Ham struck back with goals from Robert Snodgrass, Javier Hernandez and Felipe Anderson. Jeffrey Schlupp pulled one back for the Eagles but it wasn’t enough as the Irons won 3-2.
What are the Crystal Palace vs West Ham odds? Crystal Palace are 23/20 in your Premier League predictions, while West Ham are 14/5 and the draw is 12/5. All those football betting odds are with Betfred, who are offering new customers £30 in free bets when you open an account here.
Remember that time…Wilfried Zaha scored a 97th-minute equaliser in this fixture last season? West Ham went 2-0 up through Chicharito and Andre Ayew, but Luka Milivojevic converted a penalty to set up Zaha’s dramatic late goal as it finished 2-2.
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Zaha is available for this game as Palace have appealed the extra game ban the winger got for after sarcastically applauding the referee when he was sent off at Southampton. Former Hammer James Tomkins looks like missing these Crystal Palace vs West Ham predictions though because of a calf strain. Cheikhou Kouyate and Pape Souare are both out too, while reserve goalkeeper Julian Speroni is also injured.
Last six: WWLLLD
Irons talisman Marko Arnautovic is available for this game, after missing Monday’s draw with Liverpool because of a foot injury. Manuel Pellegrini is still without a lot of players at the moment though. Samir Nasri, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Fabian Balbuena, Winston Reid and Carlos Sanchez are all injured. Aaron Cresswell should be okay after a dead leg however, while Manuel Lanzini could be back next weekend.
Crystal Palace vs West Ham prediction, preview and betting tips
This is a game between two teams that have bad records in London derbies. Crystal Palace have lost 55% of their derbies in the Premier League, which is the worst record in the division. West Ham, on the other hand, have lost more London derbies than any other team. The past will go out of the window on Saturday though when the whistle blows to start these football predictions.
Despite having six points less than their visitors, home team Palace are the favourites for the win. They beat Fulham 2-0 last weekend, and are now unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions. That run includes an FA Cup victory over Tottenham, meaning the Eagles have won their last two home games 2-0.
West Ham meanwhile ended a run of three straight defeats – all away from home – against league leaders Liverpool on Monday. Pellegrini will have been pleased with his team’s performance to come from behind and get a draw, even if the Hammers could’ve won it in the second half. That game shows what the Irons boss can get out of this team, and it could’ve been more if it wasn’t for an awful linesman’s call to allow Sadio Mane’s opening goal.
The Hammers need to improve away from home, and this is a good opponent for them considering their recent record against Palace. West Ham are 12th in the Premier League table, but potentially only a win away from eighth. The Eagles meanwhile are in 14th and four points above the relegation zone. There are three teams only two points behind them though, and they need more wins.
The Eagles haven’t won any of their last seven games against West Ham, losing four times. Two of those have been at home, although the teams drew 2-2 at Selhurst Park last season. We fancy another score draw in these Crystal Palace vs West Ham betting tips, which is priced at 7/2 with Betfred. A repeat of the 2-2 from last term is 14/1 with the same bookmaker in your football score predictions.
Crystal Palace vs West Ham first goalscorer predictions
Marko Arnautovic is the 13/2 favourite to open the scoring on Saturday. The Austria striker needs to concentrate on his football after failing to secure a move to China in the January transfer window, and he could be the difference between the teams in this game. Christian Benteke is 7/1 in the first goalscorer odds as he looks for his first of the season following injury. The Belgian nearly scored a sensational scissor kick against Fulham last weekend and will hope to go one better here.
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Michael is something of an anomaly. Born in Barcelona, he grew up as a Real Madrid supporter but is able to appreciate the beauty of both clubs. A huge football fan with experience of writing across a number of European leagues, Michael has also worked as a travel writer and loves his weekly accumulator bets.