The threat of relegation increases by the week for troubled West Ham and an FA Cup distraction is something they’re unlikely to welcome.
This alone is what makes in-form Nottingham Forest’s 1/1 price to dump the Hammers out of the competition excellent value, with the east Londoners’ 11/4 one of the third round prices to swerve. The draw is a 12/5 alternative.
With five losses in their previous seven league games, arresting their slide towards the Championship must be West Ham’s priority, contrast this to the seven-match unbeaten run Forest are on that’s carried them to fifth in the second tier table and it’s clear to see who will be relishing this contest the most.
As part of this seven-game undefeated streak Billy Davies’ side have conceded just two goals, keeping four clean sheets in the process. They’re 8/5 to chalk up another shut out here, though these stern defensive stats will be put to the test against their next adversary.
For all their well-documented goalscoring woes, the Irons haven’t failed to find the back of the net in any of their last five games in all competitions.
The Reds have missed out in front of goal just twice in their last 10 outings so the 4/5 for both teams to bag at the City Ground must appeal.
Sam Allardyce’s side have conspired to lose three of those five games in which they’ve scored, so those in search of a bigger price need look no further than the 33/10 for the home side to win in combination with both sides finding the back of the net.
An interesting side bet on this game is the 1/1 that a goal is notched between the 75th minute and full time. Both the goals that Forest shipped in their last seven outings came inside the final 10 minutes, whereas five of West Ham’s last 12 goals scored have come in the same timeframe.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date