Crystal Palace vs. West Ham Betting Tips: Best bets for the early kick-off from Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace and West Ham United face off in a Premier League London derby at Selhurst Park on Saturday at 12:30 live on BT Sport, with both teams coming off midweek defeats. Betting Expert Dean Woodward has provided us with two tips for the occasion.
Roy Hodgson's new manager bounce appears to be wearing off for Palace, who have gone scoreless in their last two games, but the Eagles have still managed to pull themselves eight points clear of the relegation zone. Palace, who sit 12th in the table, have suffered just one home defeat from their last seven Premier League games at Selhurst Park, but have drawn five times in that sequence. Hodgson has guided the team in the right direction since taking over, and he is on the verge of achieving his goal of keeping the team in the top-flight.
Crystal Palace are hoping to have Wilfried Zaha and Nathaniel Clyne back in their squad for the game against West Ham after both missed their defeat to Wolves. Cheick Doucoure and Jeffrey Schlupp are expected to return to the midfield for the Eagles, while defender Chris Richards may be replaced by Joel Ward.
West Ham sit much closer to relegation in 15th place but have picked up seven points from their last twelve, and are looking to take one step closer to safety on Saturday afternoon. Lucas Paqueta's brilliant opener against Liverpool extended West Ham's scoring streak to 11 matches, but the team failed to find the net again as they suffered a closely-contested defeat. West Ham will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat to Liverpool before facing Manchester City, Manchester United, and Europa Conference League semi-final opponents AZ Alkmaar in their opening three fixtures of May.
West Ham have no new injuries to worry about, with only Gianluca Scamacca still absent. However, with a short turnaround from their midweek game against Liverpool, David Moyes may look to make some changes to his starting lineup, with Thilo Kehrer, Emerson Palmieri, Danny Ings and Pablo Fornals all possible candidates to come in for the Hammers.
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Since Roy Hodgson took over at Palace, Eze has been one of the standout performers and has playing every single minute.
In the last five games under Roy, Eze has registered fifteen shots (average 3 per game) with nine shots on target, having at least one shot on target in all five of those games. With Roy Hodgson deploying a midfield three against Wolves last time out, this allowed Eze even further up the pitch where he registered five shots with two on target. A similar role against West Ham should see him in the mix of the shots with a good chance of him finding the target yet again.
For this game I have chosen a 20/1 shot that seems overpriced given the recent shot data on the twenty-four year old.
Of his most recent five games under Roy Hodgson where he has registered fifteen shots, eleven of them have come from outside the box, with six of those eleven hitting the target and forcing some really good saves. From these he produced one goal from outside the box, and if he continues to shoot at this rate from distance, it won't be long until he bags another.