Crystal Palace welcome Champions League hopefuls West Ham to Selhurst Park at the start of 2022 in a key Premier League clash. The Hammers need a win if they want to keep up with Arsenal in the top four race, while the Eagles are trying to make their way to the top half of the table after a shaky start to the season.
Where and when: Selhurst Park – 1 January, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Crystal Palace vs. West Ham: Sky Sports
Last time: West Ham took the lead twice, but Crystal Palace were up to the task and equalised twice to earn a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium back in August.
Crystal Palace v West Ham Predictions and Preview
Crystal Palace and West Ham ended 2021 with a win, so both sides will be confident ahead of their first clash of 2022 on January 1st. Patrick Vieira’s men earned a convincing 3-0 victory against Norwich at Selhurst Park and while they’ll have home advantage against the Hammers as well, the quality of the opposition will be different.
David Moyes’ side came from behind to beat Watford 4-1 away from home last time and ended a winless run of three games. This was West Ham’s only win from their last five games on the road, so the Hammers need to rediscover their consistency ahead of the London derby against Palace.
West Ham have five wins, two draws and three defeats on their travels, but will be missing Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna for their first game of 2022. Moyes’ men are undefeated in their last three games against Crystal Palace and earned a 3-2 win the last time they visited them in south London.
The Hammers took the lead twice in their first clash against the Eagles this term, but Pablo Fornals’ and Michail Antonio’s strikes were cancelled out by Conor Gallagher’s brace. West Ham have the advantage when it comes to their meetings with Crystal Palace historically, as the Irons have 14 wins, 13 draws and nine defeats in this rivalry.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, take on the fifth-placed West Ham from 10th spot in the Premier League standings. Vieira’s men have only two wins in their last 10 games, but have improved dramatically in recent weeks after a very poor start to the season.
The Eagles have only one defeat in 10 Premier League games at Selhurst Park this term, as they managed four wins and five draws as well. Their last win over West Ham dates from 2019, when they earned a 2-1 victory, but Crystal Palace failed to win each of their previous seven home games against the Hammers.
Patrick Vieira has his full squad available for this clash and his men are 11/5 to get the three points in this Crystal Palace v West Ham preview. The draw can’t be ruled out and seems like a reasonable option at 12/5, while if you want to back West Ham to get back to back winning ways on the road you can do that at 6/5.
One to watch for Crystal Palace: Conor Gallagher has been sensational this term, as the 21-year-old has netted six Premier League goals. The English midfielder is Crystal Palace’s top scorer this term and is 11/2 to break the deadlock against West Ham.
One to watch for West Ham: Michail Antonio’s seven Premier League strikes make him the top scorer for his side this term. However, the Jamaican has only one goal in his last eight games, so he’ll be eager to change that and is 5/1 to score first in these Crystal Palace vs West Ham predictions.
Long shot: The last game between these teams ended in a 2-2 draw and a repeat of that result this time is available at 14/1. If you are looking for even bigger odds you can also add Connor Gallagher as a first scorer for 98/1 in this Crystal Palace vs West ham preview.