‘All day long’ are the words of pundit Paul Merson as he delivers an emphatic verdict on who will win the West Ham clash with Crystal Palace.
After a recent upturn in results following a dismal start to the season, West Ham slipped to a harsh defeat against Man United last weekend.
London rivals Crystal Palace meanwhile have lost just once in their last five Premier League matches and beat Southampton 1-0 last time out to replace West Ham in 10th place.
David Moyes had the luxury of resting all his key first team stars for the Europa Conference League dead rubber game against FCSB in Romania this Thursday night.
And it could not have worked out better as a Hammers side which featured nine academy starlets across the 90 minutes strode to a 3-0 win with 18-year-old striker Divin Mubama and 16-year-old Ollie Scarles starring.
So Patrick Vieira can expect a fully refreshed West Ham when Crystal Palace come to the London Stadium on Sunday.
The clash with the Eagles has become a big game in many respects for West Ham. With last 16 European football secured for a second consecutive season, the Hammers are standing at something of a fork in the road for their Premier League campaign.
West Ham now have three home games before the World Cup break against Palace, Blackburn in the cup and then Leicester.
Win those matches and West Ham will be looking up at the European spots rather than over their shoulder at what is shaping up to be a tight relegation battle.
And they will have a potential Carabao Cup run to look forward to after Christmas too.
If West Ham beat Palace they will leapfrog the visitors in the table. And one pundit says that is exactly what will happen.
‘All day long’ are the words of Paul Merson as he delivers an emphatic verdict on who will win the West Ham clash with Crystal Palace.
“I don’t think Crystal Palace are going to win an away game in the Premier League,” Merson told Sportskeeda when predicting a 2-0 victory for West Ham.
“They keep putting the same team out, and they won’t win away from home. They’ve got too many individuals. At home, it’s perfect, and they’d give anybody in the Premier League a game. Away from home, I just don’t see it.
“I’m backing West Ham all day long this weekend – it’s an absolute certainty. They were unlucky at Old Trafford last week, and they should be able to win this game.”
Let’s hope he is right because if West Ham win then the season will be set up for a run at the European spots in the second half of the campaign.