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West Ham v West Brom: Berahino is the Baggies’ only hope of points

| 31.12.2014

It’s probably fair to say that West Ham have been brought down to earth with a bang after defeats to both Chelsea and Arsenal since Christmas.

But with a struggling West Brom side on its way to the Boleyn, Sam Allardyce’s men will be eyeing up a return to form in the capital.

The Hammers can be backed at 5/6 for victory, while it is 7/2 that Alan Irvine’s men break their three game losing run and bag three points, or 5/2 on the draw.

Away from the match winner market though, we have found these three tempting propositions.

West Ham to win the first half to nil @ 13/8

Simply put, West Brom are slow starters on the road.

The Baggies have only scored in the opening 45 minutes in one of their nine away games this season.

Meanwhile, West Ham have been protecting a clean sheet at the break in six of their 10 games played on their own turf, and have netted in the same number.

West Ham to win 2-0 or 2-1 @ 29/10

Alan Irvine is under severe pressure with his side looking lacklustre of late, and that struggle for form looks set to continue at Upton Park.

Interestingly three of West Ham’s four victories over sides in the bottom 10 this season have come by either 2-0 or 2-1 scorelines, while six of West Brom’s Premier League defeats this campaign have come by one of the same results.

And with the Hammers coming from a goal down at the Hawthorns to win 2-1 at the start of December, we are backing a repeat performance.

Saido Berahino to score anytime @ 5/2

If anyone is likely to salvage anything for the West Midlands side, it’s their sought after English striker.

Berhinho has contributed seven of West Brom’s 18 goals this season and is a clearly their strongest attacking hope.

He’s netted two in three games against West Ham and can pop up with a strike once again.

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.