Kick-off: 1816, 05/01/2020
Stadium: Priestfield Stadium
TV: BT Sport
David Moyes has been hired to keep West Ham in the Premier League but he won’t shy away from also chasing a good FA Cup run, starting out at Gillingham.
The Scot took Everton to the final in 2009 and will be keen to build on a flying start to his second spell in charge of the Hammers.
We’re going with United to lead at half-time and full-time at 3/2 for our first Gillingham vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Gillingham’s Betting Odds
Gillingham are only 11th in League One, but they have recovered well from a slow start to the campaign, to be fair.
Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Portsmouth at this venue stretched their unbeaten run to seven games, with only three goals conceded during that period.
The good spell began with a 3-0 cup triumph over Doncaster, while the Gills had previously knocked out Sunderland, winning 1-0 in extra time here in a replay.
Former Rotherham and Leeds boss Steve Evans knows how to get a team fired up for big occasions, so we’re not expecting this to be a cakewalk.
However, the Hammers are still rated a class apart and we like 2/1 for an away win and both teams to score from the Gillingham vs West Ham odds.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
Moyes saved West Ham from relegation a couple of seasons ago and made an instant impact when returning to the dugout for a 4-0 bashing of Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.
Inspirational skipper Mark Noble scored twice, while Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson were also on target, as the struggling Cherries were put to the sword.
“I’m thrilled, because the players have made it easy for me,” beamed Moyes. “I think we do have players who can score goals and long may that continue.”
Tougher tests await against Sheffield United, Everton, Leicester and Liverpool this month, but Moyes is keen to build more momentum at Priestfield Stadium.
“We go and we try and win the FA Cup,” he told the club website. “I’ve been lucky enough to be in the final once and I’d like to get there again and win it if I can.
“We need to make sure all the players understand how tough these games are and what you need to do to win. So, we will do everything we can to get through in the cup.”
The big-spending Hammers do have strength in depth these days, with the likes of Manuel Lanzini crying out for more game time as he gets back to full fitness after an injury lay-off.
Pablo Zabaleta, Albian Ajeti, Carlos Sanchez and Issa Diop were unused subs in midweek and may also be in line for a run-out.
Let’s finish off our Gillingham vs West Ham betting tips by taking 11/1 for a 3-1 away win.
GILLINGHAM 1-1 Portsmouth – Alex Jakubiak
WEST HAM 4-0 Bournemouth – Mark Noble (2), Sebastian Haller, Felipe Anderson
Head-to-head: Gillingham 0-1 West Ham, West Ham 3-1 Gillingham, West Ham 2-1 Gillingham, Gillingham 2-0 West Ham
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