Norwich in no place to break West Ham’s clean sheet streak

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Remember when West Ham were an absolute shambles a few games ago? When teams as high as Manchester City and as low Nottingham Forest were peppering their net like it was a coconut at a shy?

It seems like ancient history now, thanks to three consecutive clean sheets and a run of just one defeat in their last five Premier League games which has teleported the Hammers from the crisis zone of 19th to the seeming serenity of 15th.

Providing other results go their way, a win over visiting Norwich could continue West Ham’s upward trajectory into the nose-bleed territory of 10th. Should that happen, then the 7/1 we highlighted about Sam Allardyce securing a top-half finish may not be around much longer.

As it is, the Upton Park side are 21/20 to claim the spoils, with Norwich priced up at 11/4 and a draw available at 12/5.

Neither team has been the definition of consistent this term though, with West Ham’s last two games providing the only consecutive Premier League victories for either club this season, so dealing with the match betting market is barbed.

Instead, there is another way to make money off of West Ham’s improved play, via the clean sheet market.

As already pinpointed, West Ham are on a three-game run of shutting out the opposition and are 8/5-shots to make it a fourth in a row when the Canaries visit east London.

That is a staggering price considering their recent hankering for battening down the hatches, which has come against Chelsea, Swansea and Aston Villa, and their latest goal-shy opposition.

All three of West Ham’s previously frustrated opponents are far more flowing in the goal stakes than Norwich, who are the division’s joint-second lowest scorers.

The Canaries have scored just three top-flight goals in the last seven games, giving the in-form Hammers backline little to worry about at the Boleyn.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.