How to bet on chronically out-of-form duo Swansea and West Ham
Managerless Swansea have won just one of their last 13 fixtures, and that was against Premier League bottom-club Aston Villa, while West Ham’s two victories from their past 10 top-flight games have seen Slaven Bilic’s side slide down the table to eighth, following a fine start to life under the Croatian.
Four of the Irons’ past five fixtures have finished honours even, with their last two games ending goalless, while the Swans have been spirited in one-goal defeats at Liverpool and Manchester City of late, if not in Garry Monk’s final match before getting the boot, the 3-0 home loss to Leicester.
It’s therefore tough to look beyond the 23/10 draw when these sides face off in South Wales, with 8/1 about another goalless encounter also worth a nibble – they’ve managed just two goals in their last 540 minutes of combined football action, with the visitors yet to strike in December.
For those who believe caretaker Alan Curtis will stir his troops into goalscoring action, Ladbrokes have boosted their price on Swansea to win and both teams to score from 10/3 to 4/1.
The bookies also roll out their Double Odds 1st Goalscorer offer for this televised clash, meaning you’ll get twice the price if your pick breaks the deadlock within the first 25 minutes.
Mauro Zarate managed as much for Bilic’s boys at home to West Brom three fixtures ago, bagging the last goal West Ham scored after 17 minutes, and the Argentine looks a fair 15/2 bet to notch the opener at the Liberty Stadium, having started the past three games.
For the hosts, Bafetimbi Gomis leads the market at 9/2 following his late equaliser at City last time out, which wasn’t enough to prevent an even later winner from Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Andre Ayew was the last Swansea player to bag an opener, against Spurs at home in early October, and is second-favourite at 11/2.
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