Sunderland fans may well be thinking their luck is about to change with the appointment of Dick Advocaat primed to solve their relegation woes, but backers of Ladbrokes’ latest price boost will be hoping otherwise.
The Black Cats head to the capital to take on a West Ham outfit that on bare form look equally out of touch, with no wins since late January.
But it’s the hosts that are on the receiving end of the bookmaker’s enhancement today, with the odds of a Hammers victory in a match that sees both sides finding the net enhanced from 3/1 to 4/1!
Sam Allardyce’s men have certainly been masters at delivering for those that include them in their weekend ‘goalsie’, with 62 per cent of their matches this season seeing both goalkeepers beaten.
And while they may have lost four of their last five, a closer look at their home form does at least offer some solace.
A goal that was potentially offside against Chelsea was all that separated the Hammers from the champions-elect, having taken Mourinho’s men all the way.
The 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace is a match we need to gloss over if we are to be confident about this bet, let’s face it; every team has an off day.
In their match before that at the Boleyn few would argue that West Ham should have beaten Manchester United.
For Irons supporters, it was a case of late heartbreak as Daley Blind popped up with a stoppage-time equaliser to steal a point for Louis van Gaal’s men, having been totally out-played by the Londoners.
Further back still, we reach the scene of West Ham’s last Premier League victory, a 3-0 triumph over Hull.
Big Sam’s side completely took apart the Tigers and were worthy winners, showing what they can do when they are at their best.
So there we have it, the Upton Park outfit may not be in such bad form on their own patch as it first appears.
Backing them for victory looks a solid bet, but don’t rule out former Hammer Jermain Defoe bagging his fifth goal in six games against his old club to deliver this latest awesome price boost from Ladbrokes.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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