West Ham vs Bolton – History says goalfest at Upton Park
Although neither West Ham nor Bolton managed to score on the opening day of the Premier League season, goals should be expected at Upton Park when the two clash.
A clean sheet has not been kept by either in the last five meetings, while Bolton have won the last six showdowns, including a 2-1 victory away from home last season.
They are 9/4 to make it seven successes on the bounce, with West Ham 6/5 to end their disappointing sequence against Owen Coyle’s men.
Furthermore, Bolton have scored at least once in all of their visits to Upton Park since 1996, when they fell to a 1-0 defeat.
Slightly worrying for new West Ham boss Avram Grant was the lack of attacking threat they posed in their 3-0 loss to Aston Villa.
This could mean that Frederic Piquionne will make his first start since arriving from Portsmouth during the close season and he is 6/1 to be the game’s first goalscorer.
Kevin Davies opened the scoring in the corresponding fixture last season and can be backed at 7/1 to do so again, while he is 9/4 to net at any time in the 90 minutes.
West Ham have collected all of their last seven victories at Upton Park and will know the importance of winning their home games if they want to avoid falling into a relegation battle come the end of the season.
They are currently 4/1 to drop into the Championship for the next campaign.
If Bolton do manage to avoid defeat it will represent the first time since 2006 that they have remained unbeaten in their first two games of the Premier League season.
Bolton have led 2-0 at half-time on their last two visits to Upton Park and they are 9/2 to be winning at both the interval and at full time. See the whole half-time/full-time market.