West Ham are set to take their five-match winning streak into Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace. The Hammers drew 1-1 with their South London rivals earlier this season but have not beaten Palace in their last four attempts. Our GSH experts weigh in on their predictions for the upcoming match.
Justin: Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham
West Ham and Crystal Palace come into this match on very different runs of form. Palace have not won since January 2nd and have not scored in each of their last three matches. The Hammers have won their last five matches in a row in all competitions, the first time doing so to lead off a calendar year in the club’s 125-year history.
But I always find it tough to take on Palace, a team West Ham haven’t defeated in over two years. I’m very glad fans will not be in the stands for this one as Selhurst Park is always a tough place and go pick up points as an away side.
I do think it will be gritty, grind-it-out type of match, just like the reverse fixture. I think Tomas Soucek will nick a goal, as well as Zaha, with both sides leaving level.
A win for West Ham could see them jump into the Champions League places if they beat Cyrstal Palace.
Adam: Crystal Palace 0-2 West Ham
Last time out it was Sebastien Haller with the theatrics to rescue a point for the Hammers, but with him now gone and West Ham looking the better for it, a strong defensive performance is on the cards for David Moyes and his team.
Antonio will be rested, as well as Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen. That is a solid and impactful trio that can make things happen for this team. Palace are solid and have players who can spark a goal from nothing, but the resolve of Moyes’ backline is simply too good right now. Anything less that three points should be points dropped for a team performing like this.
Jay: Crystal Palace 1-2 West Ham
When West Ham and Crystal Palace get together, the matches are always tight. The Hammers have been in great form in the league so far this season, and I expect that to continue. Palace will be scrappy, but Moyes’ side will have a few moments of quality and secure all three points. Antonio and Bowen grab the goals as the Irons keep rolling!