Crystal Palace vs West Ham Prediction and Betting Preview 26 Dec 2019

The Match Is Over. Score: 2-1
Crystal Palace vs West Ham PredictionCrystal Palace vs West Ham Prediction and Preview for Saturday's EPL Boxing Day fixture. All roads lead to Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace host West Ham in a crunch Premier League tie. 
Match status: 2019/20 Premier League - Matchweek 19
Kick-off:
Venue: Selhurst Park (London)
Crystal Palace have spent the greater half of the season in the top half of the league and have just performed to expectations this season. Following recent struggles in the league, the Eagles will be pleased to have gained a sort of stability and aim to eventually compete for the European spots.

A narrow 1-0 defeat to Newcastle saw them drop from 8th to 12th, but they remain just 5 points behind Sheffield United in 5th. This defeat was their first in five matches.

Crystal Palace’s successes this season can be attributed to their great defensive performances, especially at home. The Eagles have conceded just 20 goals in the league, which is the joint-third best record in the league.

West Ham, meanwhile, return to premier league action following a week hiatus as a result of last game week’s opponents, Liverpool’s Club World Cup engagements.

This, no doubt, would have given Hammers boss, Manuel Pellegrini ample time to reflect on what has been an abysmal season so far. They have won just two out of their last 12 matches in all competitions and are just 4 points clear of the relegation zone.

Failure to grab a win here will mount heavy pressure on Pellegrini and with tough fixtures against red-hot Leicester City and Bournemouth coming up, getting a result here is a necessity.

Crystal Palace vs West Ham Team News 

Crystal Palace suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat to Newcastle last time out. Having dominated majority of the match, it was the hosts who found a breakthrough. Miguel Almiron’s first ever goal for Newcastle in the 83rd minute sparked massive celebrations at St James’ Park.

This defeat was Crystal Palace’s first in five matches and saw them drop 4 positions to 12th on the log.

Crystal Palace have been particularly impressive at the back this season. They boast one of the best defensive records in the league, particularly at home. Apart from matches against the top three teams in the league: Liverpool, Man City and Leicester, they’ve conceded just two goals at home. Their six clean sheets this term is the second best in the league.

Their struggles in front of goal are well documented and they’ve found the back of the net just 15 times in the league, scoring more than one goal just once in their last 10 match days.

West Ham’s Premier League match against Liverpool had to be rescheduled due to the latter’s involvement in the Club World Cup. The last time they took to the field though, they recorded a narrow 0-1 win away at Southampton, their second win in 12 matches.

Their away record has been particularly poor, with just the two wins in their last 8 road trips.

Crystal Palace vs West Ham Predictions

Crystal Palace’s impressive home record coupled with their strong defensive performances gives them an edge over West Ham. They also won the reverse fixture 1-2 away at the London Stadium and are more capable of matching that result.
Main Match Predictions:
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Correct Score:
Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham @ 9.00
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