Both Fulham and West Ham will be hoping it’s a case of new year, new start as the London clubs face off in a relegation six-pointer at Craven Cottage on New Year’s Day.
The Cottagers, who have just one win in their last five games at home, suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Steve Bruce’s Hull City last time, piling the pressure on head coach René Meulensteen to start producing results soon.
The west Londoners are 29/20 to secure a much needed three points against a Hammers side who have only tasted defeat twice in their last 10 visits to Fulham.
With defeat spelling disaster for two sides struggling for confidence backing the draw at 23/10 might be the most pragmatic option.
But our news team believes siding with West Ham , who have won on six of their last 10 trips to west London, is where the value could lie.
Sam Allardyce’s side, who are 19/10 with Ladbrokes for another Craven Cottage victory, will have been boosted by their 3-3 draw with West Brom, where they had plenty of chances to win the game.
Despite an away record which reads five games, four defeats and a draw, the east London outfit, with the likes of Carlton Cole, Joe Cole, Mohamed Diame and Kevin Nolan at their disposal, have the firepower to cause a Fulham defence which has conceded 15 goals in four games plenty of problems.
And as both teams concede as many as they score in recent weeks it might prove a wise move to back a West Ham win and over 2.5 goals being scored in the match at 10/3.
Elsewhere, Joe Cole got back on the scoresheet with the first goal in the draw with WBA and the former England international, who also notched the opener in West ham’s opening match of the season against Cardiff, is 10/1 to repeat the trick against Fulham.
The 32-year-old helped the Hammers to a 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture at Upton Park in November, grabbing the final goal of the game and he is 10/1 again to round off the scoring.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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