Two London clubs on fine form will be squaring off in this midweek clash, with West Ham United hosting Crystal Palace at the London Stadium tomorrow night. Both sides will be beaming with confidence after their recent run of form and will both be convinced they can come out with all three points in this derby.
Due to the recent rise in the tier level of the nation’s capital, there will, unfortunately, be no fans in attendance in Stratford, which could level out the playing field for both sides. Palace will be taking the 14-mile journey across London coming off the back of a 1-1 draw to fellow London club, and Premier League leaders, Tottenham Hotspur.Embed from Getty Images
A draw which saw Roy Hodgson’s men spurred on by the 2,000 fans in attendance at Selhurst Park. Jeffery Schlupp scored the all-important equaliser against Spurs and star-man Wilfried Zaha has been in fine form lately, scoring two in their 5-1 thumping of newly promoted West Bromwich Albion in the previous game week.
Out-of-form Belgium striker Christian Benteke also scored two goals in that fixture, and Hodgson will be keen to see his front two continue their goal-scoring form. His side sit 11th in the league but will feel confident heading into this fixture after picking up six points against the Hammers last season.
David Moyes side return home after picking up a 2-1 victory over Leeds on the road last week, after turning around an early 1-0 deficit with goals from Angelo Ogbonna and Tomas Soucek.Embed from Getty Images
The Irons have picked up 12 points from a possible 15 in their last five games, a run of form that sees them sit sixth in the league table. With Moyes’s main-man Michail Antonio still out injured and left-back Arthur Masuaku now also out for six weeks after knee surgery, they will have to adapt in order to secure another win.
However, make no mistake they did so against Leeds last week, switching to a back four due to Masuaku’s injury and still managing to defend as a unit and keep the high-pressing Leeds at bay. With their newest signing Said Benrahma making his first start in the previous game, Moyes will be pleased with how the Algerian has quickly adapted to life in the Premier League.
With both sides fairly evenly matched it is tough to call where this game will go, but one thing for sure is both teams are in goal-scoring form so you can guarantee plenty of goals in this fixture.
Overtime Predicts – 2-2
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