Mark Lawrenson predicts West Ham v Crystal Palace
By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson believes West Ham’s wait for another league win will continue as he predicted Slaven Bilic’s side to draw 1-1 at Crystal Palace.
The two London sides meet at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening, with the visitors in a bad run of form following their poor start to the season.
The Hammers have lost five out of a possible seven league games this term, including conceding a league high of 17 goals and have not won a league fixture since their 1-0 victory at home to Bournemouth in August.
BBC Sports pundit Lawrenson has hailed West Ham’s opponents for the weekend, but believes Bilic’s men will be happy with this result at Selhurst Park.
“Crystal Palace are one of the form teams in the country at the moment. It’s safe to say that West Ham aren’t,” Lawrenson wrote on the BBC Sports website.
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“Dimitri Payet got the Hammers out of jail against Middlesbrough with that superb solo goal to earn them a point.”
“I think they would be happy with the same result at Selhurst Park.”
Alan Pardew’s side are flying high with 11 points from their seven fixtures, as they sit eighth in the Premier League table.
Belgian powerhouse Christian Benteke scored a hat-trick for his national side during the international break, including the fastest World Cup qualifying goal of 8.1 seconds in the 5-0 demolition of minnows Gibraltar.
By contrast the Hammers have struggled with only five league goals, as they sit in the relegation zone with four points.
In other West Ham team news, manager Slaven Bilic has given a hint about his team selection ahead of the Crystal Palace fixture at Selhurst Park.