26 December 2019 live
Crystal Palace’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United stretched their Premier League (PL) winless run to three games (D2, L1), and was their fifth match in a row to produce under 2.5 goals. Expect another low-scoring affair here, as Palace have seen a league-low 1.67 total goals per PL home fixture this term.
Hunting a fourth top-flight home win of the campaign, the hosts have won ‘to nil’ in their previous three PL home victories, but were leading at half-time in just one. In fact seven of their nine home league games have been goalless at half-time (HT: W1, D7, L1), but only one ended that way at the final whistle.
West Ham United travel here after a 1-0 victory at Southampton last time out, a result that means none of their last five PL away games featured both teams scoring. However, in contrast, both teams have scored in the last five H2Hs, only one of which West Ham have lost (W1, D3, L1) – albeit that was in the last meeting.
Whilst the visitors have lost every PL game that they’ve conceded the opener in this term (L6), they have scored the first match goal in ten of their 17 league fixtures, winning half when doing so (W5, D3, L2). Notably though, the team that scored first in the last five H2Hs failed to win.
Players to watch: Palace have never lost when Jordan Ayew has found the net (W5, D1 – in all competitions). Meanwhile, Sébastien Haller (WHU) scored last time out – he’s netted the opener in the last three PL matches he’s scored in.
Stat attack: There’s been a goal after the 75th minute in Palace’s last four PL home games.
West Ham have scored four of their eight away league goals from the 61st to the 75th minute.
There’s been a penalty in four of the last five H2Hs.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 16:00.