Sam Allardyce returns to one of his former employers this weekend and Paul Robinson is predicting a draw between the two out of form teams...
"The Eagles have drawn two of their four outings under Allardyce and as mentioned above, he will set his side out to get a point, with anything else being a bonus."
Back The Draw @ 3.412/5
West Ham v Crystal Palace
Saturday January 14, 15:00 GMT
Just when it appeared that West Ham were turning the corner, the club went on a run of three straight defeats, culminating in an embarrassing 5-0 loss at home to Man City in the FA Cup. If that wasn't bad enough, Slaven Bilic announced this week that star man, Dimitri Payet doesn't want to play for the club any more, so his participation on Saturday is a huge doubt.
The Hammers haven't scored since putting four past Swansea four games ago, so their apparent resurgence in front of goal has been short lived. The manager doesn't have that many credible options to turn to up front, so he will be hoping that Andy Carroll can deliver - but the big man needs good service.
The London Stadium hasn't exactly been that kind to West Ham either as they've won just four of their 10 league matches in their new ground and they are yet to entertain any of the current top four there.
It hasn't been the greatest of starts for Sam Allardyce at Selhurst Park as the former England manager is yet to oversee a victory. His team should have beaten Watford at Vicarage Road in his first game in charge, but Christian Benteke missed a penalty when they already led 1-0, and the team paid the price - as will Benteke if the January transfer rumours are to be believed.
Palace then went to the Emirates and lost 2-0 - a result which can probably be forgiven, but what won't be forgiven will be the dismal performance they put in at home to Swansea two days later. They were beaten 2-1 by a side who are in dire form, and they didn't even redeem themselves at League One's Bolton in the FA Cup last weekend, as they drew 0-0 - albeit with Sam playing an under-strength XI.
We know what we are going to get with a Sam Allardyce team so expect a tight defensive set up with the aim being to keep a clean sheet and then build from there. He will play a very direct game and it will be interesting to see who starts up front.
West Ham 2.486/4 Crystal Palace 3.259/4 The Draw 3.412/5
The hosts are the favourites, but only tentative ones. I can certainly see why as they were truly atrocious against City when we last saw them and they haven't even scored a goal in three games. Add in the Payet situation and it would take a brace man to back a Hammers win.
I'm not that brave man as I am going to sit on the fence and have my money on the draw. It's the biggest price out of the three options and as the game could easily go either way, it has to be the value.
The Eagles have drawn two of their four outings under Allardyce and as mentioned above, he will set his side out to get a point, with anything else being a bonus. Even if they invite West Ham onto them at times, I'm not sure that the Irons will have the confidence to take advantage of it.
Over/Under 2.5 Goals
Over 2.5 Goals 2.0811/10 Under 2.5 Goals 1.9210/11
This market is pretty much 50/50 and I wouldn't disagree. Three of Palace's last four have gone under 2.5 and six of West Ham's last seven at home have followed suit.
That being said, literally anything could happen in this game and if I'm taking a chance and betting on it, I'd rather be on the draw at 3.412/5 than under 2.5 at a shade below even money.
Back The Draw @ 3.412/5
Palace will be missing Wilfried Zaha for this game due to his participation in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The Ivory Coast winger has had a hand in more Premier League goals than any other Eagles player this season (10 - four goals, six assists). You can back a West Ham clean sheet at around the 3.211/5 mark.