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West Ham look overpriced at 12/1 to beat Middlesbrough 3-0

| 19.03.2012

Middlesbrough have not enjoyed their away days so far against the five teams above them in the Championship standings and West Ham look overpriced at 12/1 to beat them 3-0.

Tony Mowbray’s team have the third best away record in the whole of the Championship, winning over half of their 17 fixtures on the road.

However, they are yet to even score in an away clash with any club positioned higher than them in the league table and have taken just a solitary point from a goalless draw from their showdown with Reading.

Meanwhile, their other four results with Southampton, Birmingham and Blackpool have all ended in 3-0 reverses.

Therefore, some punters may be happy simply backing West Ham to keep a clean sheet against Middlesbrough, but those looking for some extra value may want to focus solely on the 3-0 victory.

West Ham’s chances of victory are also helped by the fact that Middlesbrough remain without striker Scott McDonald, while Barry Robson is still serving a three-match suspension.

Furthermore, there is a strong possibility that Sam Allardyce will be more attacking with his team selection because of a host of injuries in the centre of midfield, notably to defensive-minded duo Papa Bouba Diop and James Tomkins.

West Ham could very well start with two strikers rather than a five-man midfield and the probable partnership of Carlton Cole and Nicky Maynard suggests goals.

Alternatively Ravel Morrison could be handed his first start since signing from Manchester United, having made his debut from the bench in the Leeds draw.

It is 10/1 that Morrison breaks the deadlock and 3/1 that he scores at any time in the 90 minutes.

In terms of match betting, West Ham’s odds are 4/5 to simply beat Middlesbrough to keep them in the automatic promotion race with Southampton and Reading.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.