Handed an extended break thanks to Liverpool’s schedule at the club World Cup, West Ham will make their return desperate to extend their buffer over the drop zone when they travel to Selhurst Park on Boxing Day afternoon.
Picking up a 1-0 win away at fellow relegation scrappers Southampton earlier in the month, the Hammers are desperately seeking some stability and have a growing reputation for being an away day outfit.
On the flip side, while Manuel Pellegrini’s men might be looking to grab back-to-back victories, Palace are hoping to make a return to winning ways after seeing their four-match unbeaten run come to an end at St. James’ Park over the weekend.
Looking to open the New Year in the top half of the Premier League standings, the Eagles will be boosted by their most recent meeting against Thursday’s guests.
When the two sides met back in October, Palace came from behind to grab a 2-1 victory and can be found at 6/5 with Paddy Power to pick up what could be a vital three points in midweek.
Palace search for goals continues
After watching Newcastle snatch a 1-0 win in the North East last weekend, it is no surprise that Head Coach Roy Hodgson has been vocal about his side’s continued issues in the final third.
While attacking talisman Wilfried Zaha may have helped Palace snatch an undeserved point against M23 rivals Brighton last week, the one-time England boss has seen his men record just a single Premier League goal in almost 300 minutes of action.
Palace have failed to score in eight of their 18 Premier League games this season; only bottom side Watford have failed in more. You might be interested to know that Thursday’s hosts can be found priced as high as 3/1 with William Hill to draw another blank in midweek.
If the Eagles are to find a way to reclaim their spot in the top-10, fans around Selhurst Park will also be calling for their side to make some much-needed improvements in South London.
Aside from a 1-0 win over Bournemouth earlier in the month, Palace have failed to win any of the other five Premier League matchups that they have hosted.
West Ham – The away day specialists?
Picking up a 1-0 win away at Southampton in what was being billed as a December six-pointer, Head Coach Manuel Pellegrini is now desperate to steady the ship.
Opening Thursday’s fixtures with a four-point buffer over the drop zone, the Hammers have arguably saved their best performances for away from the London Stadium.
Along with grabbing a victory at St. Mary’s last week, they should also still be boosted by their very shocking 1-0 win away at Stamford Bridge last month. Pellegrini’s men can be found pencilled in at 11/5 with 888sport to make it three wins out of four outside of East London.
If the Hammers are to secure back-to-back victories for the first time this season, Pellegrini will be calling on last week’s hero Sébastien Haller to lead their charge.
Ending his barren run on the South Coast last time out, the former Eintracht Frankfurt striker also found the net against Palace back in October and can be found at 21/10 with Paddy Power to find the net on Boxing Day.