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West Ham vs Sunderland – Hammers Keen to end with flourish

| 20.05.2011

After last Sunday you felt things couldn’t get worse for West Ham but the gala dinner went an upstaged their drop into the Championship.

While it’s been a pretty grim few weeks for the Hammers, the rebuilding can start on the final day of the season when Sunderland visit Upton Park, a stadium in which the Black Cats are winless in six.

Match Odds

Sunderland could potentially finish in the top half of the table should they justify their 11/4 odds to beat West Ham on Sunday, but having picked up just seven points from a possible 39, it seems unlikely.

Steve Bruce’s side have also lost their last five Premier League final day games in succession and punters should side with Kevin Keen’s side.

West Ham have won all of their last six meetings with the Black Cats at Upton Park, keeping five clean sheets in that time, and the Hammers look brilliant value at 1/1 to finish with a flourish.

Total Goals

It’s hard to believe that a Premier League defence that has shipped 67 goals this season could perform so well against one side, but five clean sheets in six games suggests the 3/1 for West Ham to win to nil is the best of the market.

Keen to put the midweek debacle behind him, Demba Ba is 9/2 to get the first goal and Sunday’s game is a final audition for the Senegalese striker who will be hoping to stay in the Premier League next season.

Under 2.5 goals is great value at 11/10 and the 7/1 for a 2-0 West Ham win stands out in the correct score market.

Punters are getting a very attractive 25/1 scorecast for Demba Ba to open the scoring and West Ham to win 2-0.

A £10 stake on West Ham winning to nil would return £40. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of a free bet worth up to £30.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.