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Crystal Palace v West Ham

December 1st, 2013

Tony Pulis surely faces an impossible task to save Crystal Palace from the drop, with last season's play-off victors collecting just 7 points from 13 games in the top tier so far. That is their worst points total at this stage of a Premier League season - and they have been relegated in all four of their previous season's in the top flight.

In his first game as manager on Saturday, Pulis saw his bottom of the table side lose 1-0 at Norwich and he takes charge of his first home game on Tuesday against a West Ham side who beat Fulham 3-0 on Saturday.

In total, Palace have played 24 Premier League derbies on home soil, winning just 4 (D8, L12) and while West Ham have won just 2 of their last 20 Premier League away games (D6, L12), both wins were against London sides.

Palace last played West Ham in 2011/12 in the Championship, with both games drawn (2-2 at Selhurst Park), while they last met in the Premier League back in 1997/98 - where once again their meeting at Selhurst Park finished in a high-scoring draw (3-3).

However, goals are likely to be at a premium on Tuesday - Palace have scored just 1 goal in their last 4 home games, while West Ham have kept 4 clean sheets in their last 6 away games, so a bet on 'under 2.5 goals' looks a safe strategy at odds of 7/10 with BetVictor.

If the hosts are to score then that goal could come from Jerome Thomas who enjoys facing West Ham - the winger has scored 3 goals in just 4 appearances against the Hammers and is a tempting 7/1 with Bet365 to score a goal on Tuesday (just 11/4 with Coral).

West Ham Draw No Bet
Over/Under 2.5 Goals
Jerome Thomas
Anytime Goalscorer

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