After a harsh opening to life in the npower Championship, West Ham have found their feet somewhat with two wins and a draw in their last three games.
However, their home form still leaves much to be desired.
Following an opening-weekend defeat to Cardiff and a 2-2 draw with Leeds at the weekend, the Hammers’ last home win was back in March when they thumped Stoke 3-0.
Since then, they have failed to keep a clean sheet and conceded 13 goals in six matches.
That said, they are likely to have an easier time of it against Aldershot, who have lost their last three games in League Two.
Despite their recent poor home form, West Ham have started matches brightly this season, scoring in the first six minutes of all but one of their fixtures this term.
Backing West Ham to be cruising 2-0 at half time with odds of 23/4 looks good value or a successful £25 free bet on West Ham to score first at odds of 31/100, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £32.75.
The Shots are 8/1 to cause an upset with a win in 90 minutes or 7/2 to hold West Ham to a draw.
But as they have failed to make it past this stage of the competition since returning to the Football League back in 2008 and were League Two’s fifth-lowest scorers last season, this looks unlikely.
Their form has been the reverse of West Ham’s, starting brightly with a 2-1 away victory over Bradford then losing three on the bounce without registering a single goal.
As such, a bet on West Ham to keep a clean sheet at evens looks like it could pay dividends.
Sam Allardyce pretty much has a full strength side to choose from although it is likely some fringe players will get a run-out, with the likes of Ruud Boffin, John Carew and Abdoulaye Faye pushing for starts.
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