It’s a London derby at the London Stadium, as south meets east in the capital, with Crystal Palace aiming to win three successive clashes with West Ham for the first time since December 1911.
The Eagles are unbeaten in four visits to Stratford, Robert Snodgrass, Javier Hernández and Felipe Anderson scoring in the Hammers’ most-recent victory in this fixture, but that might be about to change.
Neither of these two sides have been at their best in the Premier League so far, meaning both are determined to start December by picking up three points.
West Ham United, in fairness, did climb up to ninth last weekend, courtesy of a very dramatic victory at Turf Moor.
Divin Mubama coming off the bench to provoke an 86th minute own goal, before Tomáš Souček snatched the points in injury time.
Before this, the Hammers had ended a four-match winless streak by beating Nottingham Forest, also coming from behind, meaning they’re now aiming to win back-to-back home games for the first time this season.
Meantime, on Thursday night, David Moyes’ men booked their place in the Europa League knockout phase, with Souček in stoppage time again the difference against TSC Bačka Topola in Northern Serbia.
The Irons need just a point when Freiburg visit on 12 December to pip the Bundesliga outfit to top spot, thereby going straight through to the round of 16.
As for Crystal Palace, they’ve now lost four of their last five, following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Kenilworth Road, with Michael Olise’s stunning solo strike ultimately in vain as Luton won it late on.
Roy Hodgson’s team did beat Burnley on the road last month, something everyone does these days, but this is the only victory the Eagles have enjoyed since 30 September.
Palace do remain 13th, ten points clear of danger, but, with games against Liverpool, Manchester City, fierce rivals Brighton and then Chelsea to come before the new year, points are precious this festive period.
Will West Ham make home advantage count?
West Ham to win and both teams to score
We are backing the home side to win this one, although we do foresee something of a goal-fest, akin to West Ham’s recent 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest.
Alphonse Areola has only kept one clean sheet this season, this coming against Sheffield United, while the only other teams they’ve shutout in any competitions are Lincoln City, Olympiacos and TSC on Thursday.
Eight of the Hammers’ 13 Premier League matches have seen both teams score and ≥4 goal, including home wins over Chelsea and, as mentioned, Forest.
Crystal Palace meantime have scored in each of their last four outings, with the Eagles’ five most-recent fixtures witnessing 17 goals.
Both teams have scored in each of the last 12 meetings between the Irons and the Eagles, dating back to January 2017, the game in which Andy Carroll scored an insane bicycle kick, so we foresee this trend continuing.
Tomáš Souček to score anytime
With Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen sidelined, and Mohammed Kudus a doubt due to illness, West Ham will be hoping Tomáš Souček’s recent hot streak continues.
The Czech midfielder has scored seven times this season, netting against Nottingham Forest, Burnley and TSC all in the last month, whilst also on target in each of his last three international appearances, these against Faroe Islands, Poland and Moldova.
Souček has also scored three against Crystal Palace in his career, all of which have come at Selhurst Park, but we’re backing him to find the target in this one too.