West Ham United is all set to host Crystal Palace at the iconic London Stadium in Round 14 of the English Premier League.
Following their thrilling 1-2 triumph over Burnley in the Premier League, West Ham United is riding high on success and is determined to extend their victorious run.
Although they've been tight on the defensive front lately, only letting in a few goals, there are lingering concerns about their defense, having been breached in five out of their last five games, resulting in a total of 11 goals conceded.
On the flip side, Crystal Palace is entering the arena with the memory of their recent 2-1 victory against Luton Town in the Premier League. Positioned at the 13th spot, they've secured only four wins out of 13 matches, with a meager six goals scored in their last five games.
West Ham has consistently showcased an impressive average of 4.2 shots on target per match, greatly enhancing their chances of securing the first goal.
The betting tip is...
West Ham United to score first
West Ham United has clinched triumph in three previous home league matches, and they're poised to leverage their home advantage once again.
However, there's a bit of uncertainty looming over Jarrod Bowen's availability, and unfortunately, Michail Antonio won't be able to join the action due to injuries.
On a brighter note, the recent addition to the squad, J Ward-Prowse, has been nothing short of sensational. He's been a force to be reckoned with, boasting an impressive tally of 7 offensive contributions (goals + assists).
Said Benrahma is expected to start for West Ham United.
Predicted Lineup: Areola, Coufal, Kurt Zouma, Michail Antonio, Nayef Aguerd, Emerson, Edson Alvarez/Said Benrahma, Kudus, Jamie Ward-Prowse, Souek, Lucas Paquet.
Under the leadership of Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace has entered a new era of prominence, emerging as a team with the potential to surprise.
However, the manager faces a fitness challenge with the absence of Nathan Ferguson and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, both sidelined due to hamstring injuries.
Within the Crystal Palace lineup, E. Eze and O. Edouard shine as key players, showcasing significant offensive prowess. Edouard, with an impressive total of 5 goals and assists, and Eze, contributing with 3, play pivotal roles in elevating the team's attacking capabilities.
Will Hughes is expected to start for Crystal Palace.
Predicted Lineup: Johnstone, Joel Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Doucouré/Will Hughes, Lerma, Olise, Eze, Schlupp, Edouard
West Ham United’s dominance in the last five matches against Crystal Palace, securing two wins, underscores their prowess. Spearheaded by the formidable J. Ward, West Ham possesses a potent attacking force capable of dismantling any opponent. With an average possession of 42.2%, the Hammers are poised to assert their dominance throughout the game.
While Crystal Palace can be a formidable force on their best days, featuring the likes of O. Edouard, who has netted 5 goals, and keeper Johnstone, boasting a remarkable 62.5% save rate, they present a challenge for West Ham.
However, the undeniable truth remains that West Ham fields a superior squad, brimming with remarkable talent and tactical prowess, positioning them as clear favorites to emerge victorious in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.