West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace 12-3-23 EPL Soccer Latest Odds, Forecast, and Analysis

West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace 12/3/23 EPL Soccer Latest Odds, Forecast, and Analysis

West Ham United (6-2-5) vs. Crystal Palace (4-3-6) 


West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace 12/3/23 – West Ham United hosts Crystal Palace on Sunday in a clash between two middling English Premier League clubs looking to string some wins together. The Hammers have shown flashes of strong play this season but have struggled defensively, while Palace has struggled to score but been organized at the back. This game promises to be an exciting battle, offering a wealth of EPL team insights for fans and bettors.


West Ham boasts a dangerous attack led by winger Jarrod Bowen and his eight goals. Bowen and midfielder Tomas Soucek have developed strong chemistry and their combination play poses problems for opponents. In total, the Hammers have scored 20 goals on the season. However, they have also conceded 22 goals, highlighting defensive issues that have cost them at times. Manager David Moyes will hope West Ham’s quality in attack can overcome their issues at the back.


With just 13 goals scored this season, Crystal Palace has had difficulties consistently creating and finishing chances. Yet the Eagles remain organized defensively, having conceded 17 goals, the fourth fewest in the league. Palace boasts talent in striker Odsonne Edouard, who leads the team with five goals, but even he has struggled to convert opportunities. The visitors will likely look to keep this match close and hope to capitalize on any chances they can generate on the counter attack.


West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace 12/3/23 Game Info


When: Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 9:00 AM ET
Where: London Stadium


Alphonse Areola GK vs. Sam Johnstone GK


West Ham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has been reasonably steady this season across his 13 starts in net. He faces frequent action, already being forced into 48 saves – the third most among EPL goalkeepers. However, Areola has also allowed 22 goals against him, which is midpack among the league. His lone clean sheet came all the way back in August, so he has work to do improving the West Ham defense. Still, Areola’s shot stopping ability and high save percentage indicate he is capable when called upon. He will need to be sharp facing an opportunistic Crystal Palace squad. If Areola can protect the goal while enabling West Ham’s dangerous attackers with his distribution starting the counter, it will go a long way toward securing three points.


Sam Johnstone has arguably been the busier keeper this season for Crystal Palace as he also has 13 starts. Anchoring the stingy Eagles’ defense, he has amassed 30 saves already while keeping five clean sheets – tied for fifth best in the entire Premier League. His 17 goals allowed represents the fourth fewest among starting goalkeepers. Johnstone will surely be called into action facing lethal West Ham striker Jarrod Bowen and the tricky Tomas Soucek. If the Palace keeper can maintain his strong shot stopping form and notch a clean sheet on the road, it would give the Eagles a major boost toward pulling an upset. Johnstone must also effectively organize Palace’s defensive lines and look to frustrate West Ham’s key attackers. 


Soccer Odds/Point Spread: West Ham United +100, Total Odds: 2.5 


As a modest favorite playing at home, West Ham is a solid pick to cover the -1 goal spread. Palace has struggled to score on the road. The Hammers’ home field advantage and motivation to get their season on track also make them a compelling bet.


The over on the 2.5 total odds looks appealing as well. West Ham’s defense has allowed 2+ goals in four of five games and Palace has gone over 2.5 goals in three of their last five. In a London derby between two teams needing points, scoring chances should present themselves.


West Ham United Betting Trends


West Ham is 3-1 in their last 5 games, indicating some positive momentum. However, they are just 1-3 against the spread in that stretch. The totals have gone OVER 3 times in West Ham’s last 4 matches as well, suggesting high-scoring affairs. While West Ham has won 3 of 5 recently, they have struggled to cover spreads and their leaky defense is allowing over 2.5 goals per game. This trend seems likely to continue against an opportunistic Palace squad.


Crystal Palace Betting Trends


Crystal Palace is 2-2 in their last five games, with a 2-3 record against the spread over that period. The totals have gone OVER 2 times in Palace’s last five matches. On the road this season, Palace is 4-3 against the spread and has seen the OVER hit three times in their six away contests.


West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace 12/3/23 Betting Picks


West Ham United seems to have the upper hand in this elite sports selection. For bettors, considering West Ham to win with a tight margin and an over on the total seems a promising strategy in what promises to be an engaging and closely fought battle between two evenly matched sides.


Free Pick and Prediction: West Ham United 2, Crystal Palace 1.


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