Crystal Palace vs West Ham Betting Tip Under 2.5 goals – 26 December 2019

Defences on top at Selhurst

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EnglandCrystal Palace vs West HamEngland
26th December 1500hrs
Football – England– Premier League
Pick Under 2.5 goals
Bookmaker Marathonbet
Odds: 93/100 odds taken 1800 GMT, Tuesday 24 December)

It’s a London derby for Crystal Palace and West Ham supporters on Boxing Day as the two sides look to battle it out for some much needed festive cheer. Palace were victorious when the sides met earlier in the season.

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Crystal Palace Preview – Can Palace make it a happy Christmas for their supporters and win their final home game of 2019?

Christmas will have come and gone by the time this game comes around but all Palace supporters will be hoping for is three points in this game and the arrival of a new striker in the January transfer window. Only bottom of the table Watford have scored fewer goals than Roy Hodgon’s men so far this season. It makes their current position of 12th and haul of 23 points from 18 games all that more impressive as a result. Jordan Ayew’s top scorer on four goals and it’s been well known that the club are lacking in attacking options for a while. Hodgson will hope to get through this game and the trip to Southampton two days later before the window opens and hope his owners come through for him.

Palace suffered their first defeat in five games when losing to Newcastle on Saturday. Despite being the better team for long periods they were unable to find the breakthrough and conceded late on. Hodgson will be hoping it’s just a blip and his team get back to winning ways in what looks a favourable run of games over the festive period. Having lost three home games on the bounce to the top three teams in October and November, Palace have taken four points from their two most recent games at Selhurst Park.

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West Ham Preview – Will West Ham take all three points and make it back-to-back wins in the league for the first time since August?

Manuel Pellegrini continues to be in the hot seat despite West Ham winning their last game. Due to Liverpool’s participation in the Club World Cup the Hammers have not played since winning 1-0 away to Southampton on the 14th of December. The club’s supporters will be hoping that the extra rest is a good thing as they embark on a really crucial part of the season. West Ham host Leicester at the weekend before facing Bournemouth, also at the London Stadium, on New Year’s Day. Pellegrini knows he will have to steer his team to much-needed victories or he could well be the first managerial casualty of 2020.

Although they have a game in hand West Ham sit in 16th position and just four points above the relegation zone. It’s why Pellegrini is under so much pressure, especially as there have been significant amounts of money spent on the squad. Expectations at the beginning of the season were such that they would be competing for a top eight finish at worst. A run of seven games without a win put paid to those hopes but two wins in their last four have at least given them some breathing space.

Key-Facts – Crystal Palace vs West Ham

  • Palace have bounced back from three consecutive home defeats to take four points from their last two at Selhurst Park
  • West Ham continue to lurk towards the bottom of the table but they secured a valuable win last time out away to Southampton
  • It was a 2-1 for Crystal Palace when the sides back in October  – West Ham’s last win here came back in 2016

Crystal Palace vs West Ham Betting Advice

Palace will undoubtedly be happier of the two with their performance in the first part of the season. Even if West Ham take the win here it’s Roy Hodgson’s men who will sit higher in the table going into the final game of the calendar year. Palace have found a style that suits them and keeps them in games when struggling to score. West Ham appear to be still looking for an identity under Pellegrini and that’s shown in their inconsistent results and performances.

This may not be the most entertaining games on Boxing Day. There have only been 15 goals at Selhurst Park in nine league games this season – the lowest by at least four of any other Premier League home ground. West Ham away games also have the lowest amount of goals in them with just 19. It makes under 2.5 goals look very appealing in this one.