Crystal Palace - West Ham Betting Preview: Hammers can spoil Pulis' party

Sam Allardyce's men claimed an impressive victory over Fulham at the weekend and our tipster is backing the visitors to edge a tight encounter against the Eagles on Tuesday
Tony Pulis’ debut as Crystal Palace manager turned sour on Saturday afternoon as the former Stoke City boss watched his new charges slip to a 1-0 defeat against Norwich City at Carrow Road.

On Tuesday evening, the Eagles welcome Sam Allardyce’s West Ham to Selhurst Park and will be targeting a vital victory as they battle to beat the drop.

A home win is chalked up as a 19/10 (2.90) chance with bet365 while the visitors are available at an appealing 13/8 (2.63) with the same firm to follow up on their fine victory over Fulham at the weekend by claiming another three points here. Draw backers may be tempted by bet365’s 23/10 (3.30) quote that Tuesday’s tussle ends in stalemate.

West Ham have only won one of their six league fixtures on the road thus far this season – an impressive 3-0 win against Tottenham at White Hart Lane – while it is also worth noting that the Hammers have failed to net in four of their six matches on the road this term.

Sam Allardyce’s men, though, have conceded just four goals away from home this season and, with Palace having netted just four times on home soil, these sides seem likely to produce a tight encounter here.

With that in mind, it is perhaps unsurprising that bet365 offer just 13/20 (1.65) that fewer than three goals are scored when these two teams go head-to-head at Selhurst Park.

With neither side likely to be in free-scoring form, there may be value in backing the 5/6 (1.83) quote from bet365 for the first goal of the game to arrive after the 32nd minute of the match while the 21/20 (2.05) on offer from the same firm for the match to be level at half-time is likely to prove popular.

The Hammers will be boosted by their emphatic 3-0 victory over Fulham at the weekend and those seeking to back bigger prices should snap up the generous 13/8 (2.63) quote for Sam Allardyce’s side to secure back-to-back Premier League victories by claiming all three points here.

                BEST BET                                  VALUE BET
First goal to be scored after the 32nd minute at 5/6 (1.83) 2pts stake with bet365 West Ham United to win at 13/8 (2.63) 1pt stake with bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter