Palace are losing 1-0 at half-time against West Ham. A Mark Noble penalty separates the teams. A second half comeback seems likely, though. Why? Palace are very strong at home. They’ve beaten far better sides than the Hammers in recent weeks. Just look at the comprehensive win over Spurs in the FA Cup. They can be slow starters so expect a reinvigorated Palace side to come out for the second half.
Attacking options from the bench are also available to Palace. Michy Batshuayi and Jordan Ayew will likely be introduced soon. Benteke, for all his qualities, has next to zero confidence in front of goal these days, especially after a long break out injured.
While the Olympic Stadium is ridiculed by many, West Ham’s form there has been pretty good. It’s when they hit the road that they struggle. It was a decent performance against Liverpool last time out, but the now ex-league leaders were like deer in headlights. Selhurst Park won’t lose confidence in their side, so expect a turnaround in the second half.