Genk v West Ham betting tips: Hammers on brink of last 16
Genk v West Ham betting tips and odds
West Ham could secure a place in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday night when they make the return trip to Genk.
The Hammers top the group with a perfect nine points, six clear of their three rivals, so it would take a catastrophic meltdown for them to miss out on the knockout stage.
David Moyes’ side beat the Belgians 3-0 at home and are evens to win again, but let’s examine some of the other markets in our Genk v West Ham betting tips.
Not only have West Ham won all three of their group games, they have yet to concede a goal and are 11/4 to win to nil for a fourth time.
All three wins involved three or fewer match goals, so we go 19/10 on an away win and under 3.5 goals as one of our Genk v West Ham betting tips.
Interestingly, West Ham have been leading 1-0 at the break in all three matches and are 16/5 to be ahead at the break by that scoreline or 11/5 to be in front at half-time and full-time.
Additionally, they are 5/1 to win both halves and 7/4 to score before and after the break.
The Belgian Cup holders won 6-2 at lowly Waregem at the weekend and they had a couple of chances at the London Stadium, Theo Bongonda converting a cross from Junya Ito only for the latter to be adjudged offside.
West Ham to win and both teams to score is 5/2 or a score draw can be backed at 16/5, while the visitors are 9/2 to win either half, over 1.5 goals in the match and keep a clean sheet which would have paid out in all three group games.
Moyes clearly wants to qualify as quickly as possible, picking reasonably strong sides for all three matches and deploying his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation on each occasion.
Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek both started the win against Genk behind Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko and Nikola Vlasic, with Jarrod Bowen operating as the sole striker.
"The players deserve huge credit." So does this man ❤️
The Boss' reaction to yesterday's win ⬇️
— West Ham United (@WestHam) November 1, 2021
However, Mark Noble did not feature at the weekend and may take one of the two holding midfield roles.
Genk head coach John van den Brom went with a 4-3-3 in Stratford but he remains without suspended right-back Daniel Munoz.
Michail Antonio is 4/1 co-favourite to break the deadlock, but the Hammers’ top scorer did not start against Genk last month, so it may pay dividends to check the line-ups before getting involved in the goalscorer markets.
Rice has scored two goals in this competition and netted West Ham’s second in Sunday’s 4-1 win at Aston Villa, so he looks a livewire at 11/2 to find the net or 14/1 to open the scoring should he start.
Genk have scored just once in the Europa League, Ebere Paul Onuachu’s late goal securing a 1-0 win at Rapid Wien on matchday one and the Nigerian striker is 4/1 and 6/4 in the two options having found the net at the weekend.
Where: Luminus Arena, Genk
When: 17:45, Thursday 4th November
How to watch: BT Sport
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication