Three need-to-know ahead of West Ham vs. Crystal Palace

After winning three matches in a row in December, Hammers fans hoped Slaven Bilic had finally turned around West Ham’s season and that they may go on an extended run of good form.

Three consecutive losses in the wake of that put those hopes on the backburner, though, and now West Ham are again in desperate need of a victory to ensure they don’t slip into a relegation fight.

Palace, their upcoming opponents, themselves could do with a win. Still adjusting to life under new boss Sam Allardyce, a win would kick-start his reign and give them renewed hope that they can put daylight between themselves and the bottom three places. The Eagles are currently just one point above 18th placed Sunderland.

With a lot at stake then, it’s all set to be a cracker of an afternoon at the London Stadium. Who can come out on top and what do the stats tell us heading into the fixture?

Here are THREE stats you need to know ahead of Saturday’s game…