Crystal Palace v West Ham United tips: Back eagles to win London derby
Crystal Palace can continue their recent excellent form by clinching the three points against West Ham on Saturday
October 13th, 2016
The Eagles, who are 23/20 to win this London derby, were in fantastic form heading into the international break and barring some major upset in the intervening fortnight they should run out relatively comfortable winners against a poor Hammers side which show the signs of being drawn into the relegation zone.
Clearly the pressure is on Slaven Bilic and we feel that this is fully justified given that the Hammers have managed just four points from their opening seven Premier League outings and exited the Europa League prior to the group stages of the competition. Indeed, Bilic had no shortage of cash to splash during the summer although he appears to have wasted this on players which the club didn’t actually need whilst failing to acknowledge the major weaknesses in the side.
Letting James Tomkins leave for Crystal Palace was a bad move whilst bringing in the likes of Simone Zaza, Toni Martinez, Edimilson Fernandes, Sofiane Feghouli and Andre Ayew has done little to sort out the problems created by a weak defence. The Hammers have conceded more goals than any other Premier League side so far this season and whilst Bilic is demanding more fight from his team, he has done nothing to address the problems in defence.
Bilic’s ludicrous approach to transfer dealings has been mirrored in his comments as he admits that he is at a loss to pinpoint exactly where the problems lie. Until he actually realises where he is going wrong the poor results will keep coming in and the Hammers will slide further and further towards the Championship.
This position is unlikely to change on Saturday when Bilic’s men come up against a Palace outfit which possess a particularly healthy defence. The Eagles have been banging in the goals from set-pieces this season and their ability in the air means that their defence will cope with any threat which the Hammers can pose from free-kicks and corners.
Dimitri Payet could clearly produce a wonder-goal at some point and he represents good value at 3/1 with Bet365 on the anytime goalscorer market, however expecting him to lift a poor side to victory is a massive ask. Indeed whether or not Payet gets his name on the scoresheet, it is at the back that the problems really lie and one feels that even if West Ham manage to score a handful at Selhurst Park, the hosts can respond by scoring a handful-plus-one.
Indeed, the Eagles have triumphed over the likes of Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Stoke City as part of their five-game Premier League unbeaten run with Christian Benteke scoring thrice in the last four of those games. The Belgian also banged in a hat-trick for his country against Gibraltar and would appear to be back at his best, therefore we’ll be backing Benteke on the anytime goalscorer market at 11/8 with Ladbrokes, the same firm going 9/4 that he scores in a Palace win.