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West Ham v West Brom: Hammers can edge it by single goal

| 29.03.2013

West Brom do not tend to return home celebrating three points often after visiting London and more of the same can be expected when they return next to face West Ham.

However, rather than taking the 13/10 on offer simply on West Ham securing victory, it may pay to take the risk on the 31/10 offered on Sam Allardyce’s men coming out on top by a single goal.

These two have met 11 times this century and they have never been separated by more than one goal.

Based on the most recent history, a draw is the most likely outcome at Upton Park, as each of the last four meetings between the pair have ended all square.

A draw here can be backed at 23/10, with the away win that will take West Brom level with their best ever Premier League tally of 47 points priced at 21/10.

But West Brom have only won once on their last 13 visits to London and the Hammers have not lost a home game this season against opposition outside of the top seven at the start of the weekend.

Meanwhile, West Ham have also scored in 13 of their last 14 outings in front of their own fans, with Manchester City being the exception, suggesting they can edge this.

The other interesting market relates to goals and the Baggies have not conceded a single strike after half time in an away game since their late capitulation at Reading in early January.

It is 12/5 that the opening period is the half with the most West Ham goals, while 5/6 is offered that any player from the Hammers breaks the deadlock.

West Ham have been spreading their goals around lately, but with Andy Carroll expected to lead the line here, he may prove the best option in the first scorer market at 5/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.