It’s a huge weekend in the race to avoid relegation from the Premier League and West Ham United can boost their chances of survival with a win at home to Stoke City.
With just the one loss in their last six games and off the back of a confidence-boosting win over Liverpool last Saturday, West Ham will enter the game high in confidence while Stoke’s awful away form has seen them lose their past three away games.
West Ham are the 6/5 favourites to beat Stoke and offer plenty of value at that price considering they have lost just one of the last four ties with Stoke at Upton Park.
Stoke’s last eight games have finished L, W, L, W, L, W, L, D which, according to the pattern, would mean Stoke fail to take any points on Saturday and punters who follow patterns should avoid the 23/10 for Stoke to win.
But games involving the two sides are always tight and whoever takes the spoils will do so by the slimmest of margins – although there has only been two draws in their last 14 meetings.
Demba Ba’s arrival at West Ham has seen the Irons flourish in front of goal with 11 goals in their last three games, and Ba, who has three goals in his three starts, is 11/2 to score first.
However punters may want to side with his strike partner Carlton Cole whose form has been rejuvenated thanks to the arrival of Ba, and with four goals in his last three games, Cole looks the better bet at 11/2 to score first.
Neither side has scored over two goals in 90 minutes in the last 10 ties between the two and only two of these have produced over 2.5 goals.
Backing under 2.5 goals at 1/1 and West Ham to win 1-0 at 7/1 look the pick of the market.
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