In-form Palace can pile more misery on Slavan Bilic and his West Ham players on Saturday.
Crystal Palace v West Ham - Saturday 17:30, BT Sport 1
Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last five matches and were unlucky not to make it four wins in a row against Everton. The Eagles had a goal form Scott Dann unfairly adjudged to be offside, though there were a few decisions that hurt both teams. Christian Benteke found himself on the scoresheet again with yet another towering header and West Ham fans must be wondering why on earth they didn’t stump up the money for the big Belgian, especially as other transfer targets like Carlos Bacca and Michy Batshuayi slipped through their fingers.
In contrast to Palace, the international break came at the perfect time for West Ham. Slaven Bilic has been boosted by Aaron Cresswell’s return to training, especially given the defensive issues plaguing them this season, in particular Alvaro Arbeloa’s lack of pace. West Ham also need players to step up at the other end of the pitch, with Dimitri Payet unable to bail them out every time with magic goals like the one against Middlesbrough in their last match. Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are still out injured whilst Simone Zaza looks woefully off the pace, disconnected with his team mates and guilty of some bad misses.
West Ham have conceded at least two goals in eight of their last 10 matches, with both teams scoring in 14 of their last 17. As Palace hit their stride, it seems unlikely that the Hammers will have a happy afternoon at Selhurst Park and all the signs point towards goals. Crystal Palace have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 matches, but have only conceded more than once on two occasions in that run. With that in mind, we think the value lies in backing Palace/both teams to score at 4.2, whilst the 2-1 correct score is also worth backing at 9.5.