Championship leaders Southampton take on second-place West Ham at St Mary’s this evening and will be looking to prey on the Hammers’ weakness for conceding late goals.
The Saints have scored more times at their home ground than any other team in the Championship, with their 15 goals in five matches helping them to a perfect start to their home league campaign.
For their part, West Ham have the best away defensive record in English football’s second tier, with just three goals conceded in five matches.
However, in general Sam Allardyce’s men have made a habit of conceding late on in games, with eight of the ten league goals they have let in this season being scored in the second half.
This is something free-scoring Southampton are ideally placed to take advantage of, making a bet on the Saints to win the second half attractive at odds of 29/20.
Regardless of when they come, there are likely to be plenty of goals at St Mary’s this evening.
Four of the five league games Southampton have played at home have contained at least four goals, while the same can be said for three of the five games West Ham have played away from Upton Park.
With this in mind, odds of 31/20 on there to be over 3.5 goals look appealing, with a successful £25 free bet on this outcome set to return £63.75.
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As for the final result, expect Southampton’s home advantage to help them edge the game and justify their status as 23/20 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
For those convinced Sam Allardyce’s side can stifle the Saints, a draw is available at 23/10 and an away win at 11/5.
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