Free EPL Soccer Pick: West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 8:32 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 8:32 PM GMT

West Ham sits in 8th place, with dreams of playing Europa League next season so beating London neighbours Crystal Palace at Home on Saturday at is crucial. But can the Hammers nail out a win here?

Odds Overview
West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace, Saturday 12:45 (NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra, Westwood One Sports (USA); Sky Sports 1/HD, Sky Go, Sky Go Extra, NOW TV (UK); 7:45 a.m. ET/4:45 a.m. PT): This London derby should be a good one, with host West Ham United (10-9-7, 38 GF-30 GA) welcoming Crystal Palace (6-9-11, 28 GF-37 GA) to Boleyn Ground on Saturday in this Week 27 English Premier League fixture. Oddsmakers have made West Ham +100 favorites with Crystal Palace +280 underdogs and the Draw lined at +240 (bet365) in the Three-Way (Winner) marketplace. The Total Goals is in this game is its usual 2½ with the Under -137 and the Over +107 (bet365) while the Both Teams To Score odds here have the Yes and No both priced at -110 (William Hill). A random prop from this match: Draw No Bet soccer odds see West Ham priced at -225 and visitors Crystal Palace at +162 (bet365) at could be a good route to go in this one if you like a specific side.

 

Crystal Palace FC
Crystal Palace (3-6-4 Road, 14 GF-18 GA) has brought Alan Pardew in for Tony Pulis at the managerial spot and the now 13th-place Eagles (27 points) are playing better football but still sit just 5 points above the Relegation Zone and actually do have to worry about falling apart these final three months of the Premier League season. So, enter Pardew. Crystal Palace GK Julian Speroni has done what he can, but with just 28 goals as we enter Week 27, the Eagles aren’t helping much on the attack. Luckily for Palace, there are worse teams in England’s top flight of soccer who probably won’t be playing with The Big Boys in the 2015/2016 season.

For the sometimes nicknamed Glaziers, Dwight Gayle (5 goals, +275 Anytime Goalscorer, bet365), defensive midfielder Mile Jedinak (5 goals, +450)—hoping to return to the pitch this game after dealing with niggling ankle and knee injuries—Frazier Campbell (4 goals, 260) and Jason Puncheon (3 goals, +400) are the club’s leading scorers and it speaks volumes when a Defensive Midfielder is your second-leading scorer at this point in the campaign. Players like winger Yannick “Yala” Bolasie (+500), Wilfried Zaha (+450) and Marouane Chamakh (+275) will have to contribute for this team to improve although Chamakh is nursing a Thigh injury and may not be fit for this game against his old teammates here. In their last outing, Crystal Palace played a great game, but still lost 2-1 to Arsenal at Home at Selhurst Park last weekend in another London derby.

 

West Ham United FC
Eighth-place West Ham United (7-7-3 Home, 20 GF-11 GA) still has aspirations of playing in a UEFA European tournament next season (Champions League, Europa League) but on Tuesday the Hammers got some bad news when they heard that they will be without one of its biggest presences the rest of the season—striker Andy Carroll (5 goals)—when it was revealed that the 26-year-old Englishman is now gone for the rest of the season with Torn Left Knee Ligaments. Hammers Manager Sam Allardyce will look to his other striker/forwards like Diafra Sakho (9 goals, +150 Anytime Goalscorer, bet365), Enner Valencia (3 goals, +175), and Carlton Cole (+250) as well as Stewart Downing (5 goals, +450), central midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté (3 goals, +650), Kevin Nolan (+400) and 33-year-old Portuguese midfielder Nene (+175, Sky Bet) to help fill the void left by Carroll and this squad has a number of underrated players who could probably be stars and bigger scorers on other European clubs. Allardyce may have the Hammers end up trying to be more of a finesse team rather than a physical one with Carroll on the shelf and this derby will be a gold test against a deceivingly feisty Crystal Palace side. West Ham United should really have its work cut out for them here on Saturday with this live Crystal Palace side.

 

Best Betting Approaches and Trends
West Ham is 8-5-4 (28 GF-16 GA) overall against Crystal Palace in English Premier League play and 4-2-2 (8 GF-4 GA) against the Eagles here at home in South London at Boleyn Ground in this battle between Eastenders and Southenders. When these two met earlier this season in Week 2 at Selhurst Park in East London, West Ham walked away with a 3-1 win, and, it’s worth noting here that 4 out of the L7 games in this series have ended in 1-0 scorelines with Crystal Palace winning three of those four past fixtures. The thought here is both teams will find a way to score a goal, obviously making the Both Teams To Score marketplace worth a gander and this one could very well end in a tie, making the always overlooked Draw hold some perceived value here to consider for your soccer picks this weekend. This may be one to just sit back and watch and simply try to enjoy. But where’s the fun in that?

 

Prediction: West Ham 1 Crystal Palace 1

Free EPL Soccer Pick: Draw +240 (bet365), Both Teams To Score -110 (William Hill)

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