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West Ham v Swansea: Welsh club love a trip to London

| 01.02.2013

Swansea’s away record in London means they’ll be relishing the prospect of a game at Upton Park and their price for the win means punters should be relishing it too.

The Swans are 15/8 to beat West Ham for the second time this season and, after winning on four of their six jaunts to the capital this term, will fancy their chances of doing just that.

The hosts are bang out of form and will need an immediate contribution from their numerous January acquisitions if they are to halt a slightly alarming slide down the table. Their run of just the solitary win in nine league games means their 11/8 favouritism should be swerved here, but the 12/5 for the draw could have some value.

Only one visitor in 15 – Manchester City – has prevented Sam Allardyce’s men finding the back of the net at home this season and they’ve scored at least two in four of their last six in east London. This can be refined even further by stating that, of the previous eight goals they’ve scored at home, six have come before the break.

For West Ham to score over 1.5 goals when Swansea come to town doesn’t pay out as high as it might do at 11/10, though over 1.5 first half goals to be scored in total is a touch more rewarding at 11/8.

Before getting too carried away on Swansea’s record in London and West Ham’s poor form, it’s important to note that the Welsh side are not exactly banging them in of late.

Their goalless draw with Sunderland in midweek was their third in four away-days and fourth successive game without a goal outside of Wales.

Bearing this in mind, backing the Hammers to keep a clean sheet in this fixture might be a decent alternative bet at 9/4, while another 0-0 for the Swansea fans to savour is priced up at 8/1.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



James Middleton