Tackling the second half of the season without the icy terror of relegation biting at their ankles, West Ham and Sam Allardyce find themselves in the rare position of not having to worry about cup commitments compromising Premier League survival.
With that in mind, they might have hoped for an easier FA Cup fifth round tie than West Brom away, but the draw they’re sure to snare at the Hawthorns will give them every chance of progressing in the replay.
Should the game end all square with both teams bagging, punters can pocket an 18/5 payday and there’s myriad reasons to suggest they’ll be celebrating come the close of play.
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Here’s why it’s a sure-fire winner:
West Ham have tied six of their last nine outings.
The lengthy drawing spree the Hammers are currently surfing started with a 1-1 stalemate at Upton Park on New Year’s Day.
They followed that up with three more level contests yielding the same scoreline, before curbing the habit for three matches.
Fear not, trend lovers, for their two outings that preceded this cup sojourn saw the Irons relapse.
Both nets have bulged in each of West Brom’s four home draws this term.
A total of 14 goals have been split equally across this spoil-sharing quartet, with the last – a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace – coming way back in October.
Two of their outings following the aforementioned tie in east London have also ended honours even.
This duo’s recent meetings have been laden with draws.
Only one of these ended without the scoreboard operator being bothered.
In addition to this double-bagel bonanza, there have been four more duels between the two where the teams have ended inseparable.