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Crystal Palace vie with Villa as West Brom face in-form Hammers

| 02.12.2014

In these late midweek clashes, West Ham United (33/1 outsiders with Coral for a top four finish) will be hoping a win against West Bromwich Albion can propel them closer to a Champions League spot.

Meanwhile Aston Villa make their way to London for a clash with Crystal Palace, where a loss could see them slip into the drop zone.

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United
Sam Allardyce’s impressive Hammers are 2/1 favourites to take all the glory as they continue to gobble up points.

Currently knocking on the door for a Champions league place, a top four spot is within grasp for the east Londoners, who are surprisingly snapping at Manchester United’s heels.

West Ham have only been defeated once in their last five games, and appear to have found the perfect balance between entertaining their fans and grinding out results when needed.

Rampant left back Aaron Cresswell was the Hammers’ goal hero in their last outing, and is 10/1 to fire his side forward from the back anytime again.

Five of these two team’s past seven duels have ended in draws, and there is a 12/5 chance of them splitting the spoils again.

Ending the game on even terms may be the Baggies’ best chance of taking anything from the encounter, after slumping to four defeats in as many matches.

Saido Berahino is still the Baggies’ top scorer with seven league strikes, making him a smart 9/5 to score anytime.

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
Palace host relegation rivals Villa at Selhurst Park and are 21/20 favourites to utilise their home advantage, in what could be a crucial clash.

The Eagles have managed to string a short run of improved results together, including a win against giants Liverpool and a draw at Swansea City. Neil Warnock’s men still lie just two points above the drop zone though, only ahead of the Villans on goal difference.

Palace’s potency could be the key to this encounter, however, with the Eagles having only failed to find the net at home on one occasion this campaign.

Villa, by comparison, boast the lowest goal tally in the league and are more likely to eke out what would be their fourth draw on the trot, and are 23/10 to do so.

Mile Jedinak is currently the home team’s top scorer. The Australia skipper is on a hot streak of two in as many games, which makes him 14/1 to fire home first yet again and punish Paul Lambert’s porous defence.

With Villa having failed to take a scalp in any of their past nine games, Palace, who beat their visitor’s 1-0 twice last term, are 29/10 to repeat that feat.



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.