Hull v West Ham – Three bets appeal at the KC Stadium

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Goals have been the major nuisance for West Ham this season, with the Hammers scoring just four in their five Premier League fixtures so far in the campaign.

The absence of Andy Carroll may be chiefly blamed for these scoring woes, but it is as good as a year since West Ham last managed to score more than once in an away game and the England international had played in a reasonable number of those.

West Ham scoring under 1.5 goals in this fixture with Hull can be backed at 4/11 and this bet is enhanced by the fact that the Tigers have only conceded once across their three home fixtures thus far in all competitions.

Meanwhile, the goals-against column has not been ticking over at a phenomenal rate either, with a similar speed to Mike Atherton’s Test match scoring rate a reasonable comparison.

Before conceding three to Everton, including two direct Leighton Baines free-kicks, Sam Allardyce’s men had let in only once in their four previous Premier League outings.

Another clean sheet for the Hammers here is available at 23/10 and they have drawn half of their last six Premier League Road trips 0-0.

A goalless draw with Hull and a pretty much nailed on slot for two minutes of highlights at the end of Match Of The Day is available at 8/1.

However, the safer betting play may prove that West Ham keep a first half clean sheet at 7/10

They are yet to concede in the first hour of top-flight fixtures this season, while Hull have only scored against the Hammers in one game of the six to have taken place between the pair since 2008.

For those with a preference of sticking solely to match betting, Hull are the slight favourites for victory at 11/8, with West Ham 2/1 to triumph and the draw on offer at 9/4.

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

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