Three games without a win has, for many, signalled the end of the Alan Pardew-induced Crystal Palace boom, but punters are advised to tread with caution before piling in on next opponents West Ham giving them a beating.
The Hammers are 11/10 favourites to prevail when their south London counterparts visit the Boleyn Ground, but there’s better match-betting value to be had backing either 23/10 about the draw or the visitors’ 12/5.
A happy medium double-chance punt on Palace to avoid defeat pays a tidy 7/10 and this is the safest route to a winner here.
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There are plenty of factors stating the bet will land, with one of the most prominent taking the shape of Palace’s excellent recent record against this foe.
Prior to their 3-1 reverse earlier in the campaign, Pardew’s troops had gone unbeaten in six meetings with West Ham.
In five of these they didn’t even concede a goal and four brought maximum points.
For the truly optimistic punters out there, it’s 17/4 about another win to nil instalment for the away team here.
Since their new boss took the reigns in December, Palace’s four failures to prevail have come at home.
Each of their four road games have yielded victory, with 11 goals registered across this period.
Since December 20th, West Ham have won just twice.
Only one of these was against Premier League opposition and this was a base camp battering of a Hull team sporting one of the worst away records in the top-flight.
A measly three goals have been scored across their last five, with as many blanks fired over this spell.
Anything but imperious, a West Ham win is far from assured when Crystal Palace grace Upton Park.