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West Brom v West Ham: We expect goals as Baggies’ suffering goes on

| 02.12.2014

West Ham may have ended Newcastle’s winning run with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Aaron Cresswell’s late effort, and West Brom may have sunk to defeat against Arsenal by the odd strike, but we should be expecting one thing ahead of this clash at the Hawthorns – goals.

The Hammers are a 2/1 shot to claim their first victory at the West Midlands club in eight years, with the hosts available at 7/5 and a draw priced up at 23/10.

And while Sam Allardyce’s men look to be plenty of value to succeed, there are three bets that stand out more at the prices.

Over 2.5 goals @ 20/21

While the Irons have been fairly tight when it comes to goals at home, on the road they are a different animal altogether.

They have failed to keep a clean sheet away from the Boleyn and have even entertained fans with over 2.5 goals in all seven of their matches on their travels this campaign.

The Baggies are sure to live up to their side of the bargain too. It is at home that they have shown how prolific they can be in front of goal.

A whopping 77% of their goals were scored at the Hawthorns, and with the likes of Saido Berahino up front are always likely to be dangerous.

But with goals conceded in view of their own fans in six of their last seven, we can expect plenty of action at both ends.

West Ham to win and both teams to score @ 19/4

And with goals expected, things could start to look a little open at the back.

At the prices, fifth in the table Hammers are stonking value against Alan Irvine’s side that are still perilously close to the relegation zone.

Albion haven’t won at home in their last four, and have lost twice in a row now, while the east London side have netted two or more in four of their six excursions this season, so get the vote to shade the goals.

Correct score – Either 1-2 or 1-3 @ 11/2

So with plenty of goals and an away win fancied, we might as well have a crack at the correct score market.

Four of West Hams six victories on the road this season have come by either a 2-1 or 3-1 scoreline, so they have previous on delivering for this bet.

Enner Valencia could return for Sam Allardyce’s side, and would be a major boost, but with West Brom expected to bag a goal, he could be required to step up and out-shoot his Baggies rivals.

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

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.