West Ham United vs Crystal Palace Prediction, 12/16/2020 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: West Ham United vs Crystal Palace
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: London Stadium in London, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: West Ham United (-114) Crystal Palace (+260)
Wilfried Zaha and Crystal Palace (5-2-5, 11th in the EPL) head to London Stadium on Wednesday where they'll meet West Ham United (6-2-4, 6th in the EPL). The goaltenders protecting the net will be Lukasz Fabianski for West Ham United and Jack Butland for Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace are at at +260 while the Hammers are at -114. The total opens at 2.5.
West Ham United played Leeds United in their most recent match and walked away with a win by a score of 2-1. West Ham United attempted 16 dribbles in this matchup and completed 8 of the tries for a rate of 50.0%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended with a 77.5% passes received percentage by connecting on 238 of the 307 passing targets in their last outing. In regard to shooting accuracy, West Ham United finished at a 36.8% clip by landing 7 shots on target of 19 total shots. West Ham United averages 1.50 goals per 90 (18 goals in total) and have accounted for 14 assists In all contests for the season.
Sebastien Haller is a player who should be able to impact this match for West Ham United. He has totaled 30 assists while tallying 13 yellow card warnings so far in his career. Haller has been in the starting lineup in 188 outings in his pro soccer career and has 0.42 G/90. The forward from France has totaled 80 goals in 16,993 minutes played. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Jarrod Bowen, the forward representing England. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 18 times in his career while he has scored 58 goals. Bowen has 12,536 mins in 143 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 10 yellow card warnings. He is currently averaging 0.42 goals per 90 minutes for his pro soccer career.
The guy defending the goal for West Ham United will be Lukasz Fabianski. Fabianski (124-63-119 mark during his career) has earned 90 shutouts, which gives him a 29.3% clean sheet rate. The goalie hailing from Poland has faced 1,365 shots tried at him in 307 career starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.33 (406 goals allowed) and he has earned a save % of .716. Fabianski has been on the field for 27,466 mins and has 974 saves during his career.
The last time they took the field, Crystal Palace were able to avoid a loss with a score of 1-1 against Tottenham. They finished this game by connecting on 300 of the 357 attempted passes earning a percentage of 84.0%. Crystal Palace finished the match with a 57.1% successful dribble rate by completing 12 out of the 21 dribbles they pursued. Crystal Palace converted 5 shots attempted out of 16 shots attempted earning them a 31.3% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having accumulated 16 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, Crystal Palace averages 1.33 goals and 0.92 assists per 90 minutes.
Wilfried Zaha will be counted on for Crystal Palace. He averages 0.18 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 304 outings thus far in his career. The forward representing Cote d'Ivoire has accumulated 27,463 professional minutes and has earned 56 goals. He has totaled 56 yellow card cautions in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 41 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Andros Townsend, the forward representing England. Townsend has earned himself 21 yellow card warnings in 21,339 professional minutes played (244 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.13. He has 31 goals in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 32 times.
Jack Butland will reside in front of the net for Crystal Palace. Butland has earned 75 clean sheets while he has seen 1,159 shots attempted against him in 23,535 minutes throughout his career. He has a save % of .698 and his clean sheet rate is 28.7%. He has allowed 1.39 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a mark of 83-81-98. In his career, Butland has allowed 363 goals and has accounted for 811 stops in 261 starts.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Crystal Palace (+260)
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