Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United EPL Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions (Tuesday, Jan. 26)
Glyn Kirk/Pool/AFP via Getty Images. Pictured: West Ham United standout Michail Antonio.
- Crystal Palace welcomes one of the Premier League's hottest clubs to Selhurst Park when West Ham United visits for Tuesday's contest.
- Can the Hammers make it six consecutive wins in this fixture? Jeremy Pond thinks so and breaks down the match below.
Crystal Palace vs. West Ham Odds
|Crystal Palace Odds||+215|
|West Ham Odds||+133|
|Day | Time||Tuesday | 1 p.m. ET|
|How To Watch||Peacock Premium|
Clubs going in opposite directions will battle Tuesday when Crystal Palace welcomes West Ham United to Selhurst Park for their Premier League match.
The Eagles are in quite a rut at the moment, going winless in eight of their last nine contests across all competitions. Those efforts — or lack there of — have seen Crystal Palace slide down the table into 13th place on 23 points.
On the other side, life for the Hammers could not be going any better at the moment. West Ham has been the “Cinderella” of the England’s top-flight ball up to this point, winning five on the bounce and jumping into seventh place.
Needless to say, this is an important fixture and both will be looking to bag all three points. Let’s take a look and see what could in store on the pitch.
Manager Roy Hodgson and his group have some serious soul searching to do if they haven’t done so already.
The Eagles have been downright awful as of late, which was highlighted by their 4-0 shutout loss to Manchester City last time out. How bad was Crystal Palace in that match? Well, it generated 0.0 expected goals in the defeat.
Looking at Crystal Palace’s overall statistics depict a team dripping with mediocrity in the bottom half of the table. The Eagles sit on 17.3 expected goals and subpar 25.4 expected goals against, generating in a disappointing -8.1 xGDiff and -0.42 xGDiff/90 minutes.
Bottom line, Crystal Palace must get things reversed if it has any shot of finishing somewhere just outside the top 10 in the standings.
As previously mentioned, the Hammers have been the biggest surprise of all in the league this season. They’ve gone unbeaten in nine of their last 10 games across all competitions, with their lone setback coming via a 3-0 loss to Chelsea more than a month ago at Stamford Bridge.
West Ham, which is just two points behind defending league champion Liverpool in fourth place, has been powered by its ultra-stingy defense. The Hammers have notched five shutouts in their last six contests, which should have them confident facing a foe totally out of sorts at the moment.
Michail Antonio and Tomáš Souček leads an extremely balance offensive attack, each with five goals on the season. West Ham has 27 goals as a club, which should tell you its getting production from all over the pitch.
When comparing advanced metrics with Crystal Palace, West Ham is far and away better than its opponent across the board. The Hammers have a modest 24.7 expected goals and solid 22.2 expected goals against, resulting in a respectable +2.2 xGDiff and +0.12 for xGDiff/90 minutes.
Betting Analysis & Picks
This is another one of those matches where the obvious should be staring right at you. West Ham consistently performs like it belongs among the league’s top half, with a potential Europa League berth within its grasp.
And now the Hammers get an inconsistent Crystal Palace side that can put up solid efforts (see its draws against Leicester City and Arsenal) only to throw in clunkers in their blowout defeats against the likes of Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester City.
That said, I’m going with the in-form outfit and backing West Ham via the Draw No Bet line as my top play.
I will also sprinkle a little on the total going over the number at plus money as well. Crystal Palace has to go after a result, which is going to leave it open to the West Ham counterattack and that could be a nightmare for the host.
Picks: West Ham — Draw No Bet (-150) | Total Over 2.5 Goals (+108)