Crystal Palace v West Ham: What Bettors Need to Know

Crystal Palace v West Ham: What Bettors Need to Know

Crystal Palace v West Ham: What Bettors Need to Know

December is a busy month in the Barclays Premier League and we see a flurry of midweek activity right off the bat in the first week of the month. Wednesday sees a generous portion of nine games on the board, but first, Tuesday brings one game involving a pair of struggling clubs.

We talk to Aron Black of Bet365 about the action coming in on Tuesday's lone fixture.

Crystal Palace v West Ham (+220, +230, +145)

Why bet Crystal Palace: Palace couldn't parlay a draw and a win into consistent football as it struggled to a 1-0 defeat to Norwich on the weekend. The Eagles and new manager Tony Pulis will look to reverse their fortunes as they have posted just one victory in their last 10 matches. Having home field on their side, coupled with West Ham's poor form away from Upton Park, and the Eagles could be poised to grab some points.

Key players out/doubtful: Adlène Guédioura, Yannick Bolasie, Jerome Thomas, Patrick McCarthy

Why bet West Ham: The Hammers finally grabbed a victory on the weekend - their first since defeating Spurs 3-0 back on Oct. 6. The club has struggled to score goals but were able to put three past an awful Fulham side in their last game. The Coles, Carlton and Joe, provided the second and third goals respectively, and if the Hammers can put goals on the board, their solid defending is capable of taking care of the rest.

Key players out/doubtful: Mladen Petric, Andy Carroll, Ricardo Vaz Te, Winston Reid

2012-13 fixture result: N/A

Key betting note: The Hammers have scored just four goals in their six matches away from home.

Where the action is: "Action has been siding more with the away side at prices from +160 down to the current +145, the draw sees more action than a home win. Given the lack of first choice striker in recent games for West Ham, and lack of goals overall for Palace, goal scorer markets are very quiet, however the Total Goals market sees many siding with a high scoring affair. Regardless the stats, over 2.5 at +120 is a very popular play."

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