Crystal Palace vs West Ham preview, betting tips and predictions: Palace could end Bilic's troubled time with Hammers

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Draw HT/Crystal Palace FT @ 5/1 with Bet365

Score draw @ BTTS @ 3/1 with Bet365

Crystal Palace to win 1-0 @ 8/1 with Bet365

Any thoughts of an immediate Crystal Palace resurgence after victory over Chelsea were quickly put to bed when the Eagles returned to their previous fotm with a 1-0 loss at Newcastle last weekend. Roy Hodgson’s side have now lost eight of nine Premier League games and are yet to keep a clean sheet.

Hodgson replaced Frank de Boer as manager just four games into the campaign and although he has not yet managed to drag them off the bottom on the Premier League, he certainly has made an impact. The squad was not built for de Boer’s possession-based style, and the former England boss has taken them back to basics, making them more organised and a threat on the counter attack, just as they were under Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew. They will view Saturday’s clash with West Ham as another perfect opportunity to get some points on the board.

Having made officially the worst start to a Premier League season ever, it is hard for anyone to be in a bigger state of crisis than Palace right now, but if anyone is it is West Ham. For almost a year now, Slaven Bilic has been under intense pressure in the hot seat and that has only grown since Friday’s horror show at home to newly promoted Brighton, a game which they lost 3-0. With no striker and only two goals scored all season, plus the Hammers own struggles in front of goal, it will likely be a low scoring affair at Selhurst Park with a goal possibly being enough for Palace to win it. In Wilfred Zaha, the hosts have a real threat going forward and he has done a good enough filling in for the injured Christian Benteke.

Patience will be key for the hosts because West Ham are not full of confidence so they may sit back. This won’t suit Palace, and that means it could be a draw; 3/1 gets BTTS, but we are backing a home win in the second half at 5/1, or even a 1-0 win at 8/1. It is hardly going to be a classic, given the state both sides find themselves in, but a win would help Hodgson’s side close in on those above them and could see the end of Bilic’s reign at the London Stadium.

Key battle: Pedro Obiang vs Yohan Cabaye

Cabaye can count himself lucky he wasn’t sent off in the first half of the defeat to former club Newcastle last week. The Frenchman rushed into a tackle on DeAndre Yedlin, who was lucky not to be seriously injured, but he remains a key part of Palace’s set up and will play a crucial role in gaining control of the match.

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Obiang is a very athletic and energetic midfielder and he will look to make his stamp on the game in that sense. It may be a clash of styles, but that is what will make this battle so interesting and whoever wins it could decide the outcome. especially because Palace will play narrowly with both Zaha and Andros Townsend playing up front.

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