1) Allardyce’s search for West Ham form, and job security, futile against Hughes
West Ham and Stoke sit in ninth and 10th respectively in the Premier League or, as they shall now be known with seven games to go, the holiday places.
What would normally be viewed as nothing more than a dead rubber between two teams with little to play for is given additional pep by the Hammers boss increasingly unclear future at the club.
Never one of the most popular figures in East London, West Ham’s run of one win in nine outings doesn’t help his cause. Neither does a personal dugout record of six losses and three draws in the last 10 meetings against Mark Hughes.
2) Pelle’s poor form won’t derail Southampton
After nine goals in his opening 12 Saints games, Graziano Pelle has since suffered a predictable, but prolonged, sugar crash.
Last rippling a Premier League net on December 20th, the Italian’s lack of touch hasn’t coincided with a stint out of the side, appearing in all of the 14 games since.
His continued presence is largely down to his side’s ability to continue collecting points, having done so in all but four of those 14 games.
Having lost three of the last six though, Ronald Koeman would certainly like for his summer signing to find the net against Hull, at a price of 5/4.
3) Goals to greet Sherwood’s White Hart Lane return
Gilets, pantomime antics, win rates and striker revivals. These are the things Tim Sherwood can hang his managerial hat on in his early career, with the latter the most vital to Aston Villa’s survival.
Christian Benteke has notched once every 87 minutes under his new boss in the Premier League and bagged a hat-trick in his most recent outing against QPR.
That game ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw and five of the former Tottenham man’s eight games in charge have contained over 2.5 goals.
Incidentally, White Hart Lane has seen the most number of goals in the Premier League this term, with 51. Over 2.5 goals is an 8/11 chance.
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