Palace v Hammers- Can Pellegrini’s men complete a league double over the Eagles?

West Ham United will be looking to complete a league double over Crystal Palace when they square off against the Eagles this weekend at Selhurst Park. The Hammers come into this game on the back of an improved performance at home against Liverpool on Monday night, becoming one of the few teams to take points off Jurgen Klopp’s table toppers in the league this season. Now, fans are more excited to see if the East Londoners are able to complete the double in Saturday’s fixture. Even wagering markets are looking into the betting sites from all over the world to see the odds for this. We suggest that you also read more of the latest odds and predictions to see what’s in store for the Hammers this season.

Against the Reds, Pellegrini’s men started well, with Javier Hernandez coming close twice and Aaron Cresswell having a low diagonal effort go just wide of the post. However, for all their endeavour in the first quarter of the game, the hosts found themselves behind when Sadio Mane scored in the 22nd minute. Replays clearly showed that the goal should’ve been disallowed as James Milner was offside in the build-up to it.

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To West Ham’s credit, they produced an immediate response. From a free kick, Felipe Anderson found Michail Antonio, and the winger, afforded too much space and time by his marker Naby Keita, drilled a low shot home. It was poor defending from Liverpool, but intelligent play from the Hammers, who had clearly taken note of the Reds’ recent vulnerabilities at set piece time.

Palace beat Fulham 2-0 over the weekend. A bizarre handball from Cyrus Christie allowed Luka Milivojevic to put the Eagles ahead from the spot, and victory was sealed three minutes from time when Jeffrey Schlupp scored from the rebound after Cottagers keeper Sergio Rico had parried Michy Batshuayi’s first time effort into the former’s path. It was a dominant win for the hosts, with Fulham pushed deeper into the relegation quagmire by Roy Hodgson’s men.

While West Ham’s recent away form has been shaky- they’ve lost four in a row on the road since beating Southampton back in December, they do have a good record against Palace. The Hammers are unbeaten in their last seven meetings against their fellow London rivals, and found the back of the net in all of those fixtures.

Crystal Palace- last five games- all competitions

Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham
Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 2-0 Tottenham
Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

West Ham- last five games- all competitions

West Ham 1-1 Liverpool
Wolves 3-0 West Ham
Wimbledon 4-2 West Ham
Bournemouth 2-0 West Ham
West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

As mentioned above, West Ham beat Palace 3-2 at the London Stadium earlier this season. The Hammers had to come from behind in that game, with fantastic goals from Robert Snodgrass and Felipe Anderson sealing victory for them.

This fixture represents a great chance for the Irons to get back into the top half of the table. The teams immediately above them, Leicester City and Bournemouth, are in action away at Spurs and Liverpool respectively- fixtures they wouldn’t be expected to win on current form. Manuel Pellegrini’s side are currently 12th in the table, but victory on Saturday afternoon could easily see them rise three places above, depending on how results around them go over the weekend.

Crystal Palace v West Ham kicks off at 3pm on Saturday (9 February, 2019)

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