Football betting fans will be intrigued to note that away-day specialists West Ham are the tempting 7/10 favourites to take all three points when they visit the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.
Their opponents, Coventry City, are currently on a horrendous run of form and without a win in their last five league games, bwin make the home side massive 15/4 outsiders in their 3Way market, while the draw is available at 5/2.
West Ham are notorious for being fast out of the blocks away from home this season and must be fancied to be leading at the interval.
Four out of their eight away Championship fixtures have seen them ahead at the break, so the 6/5 on offer for Sam Allardyce’s men to have a half-time advantage looks tremendous value.
On top of West Ham’s supremacy away from home, the Sky Blues’ first-half showings at home have been below par to say the least. Andy Thorn’s side have failed to hold a lead at the interval in any of their eight matches in front of their own fans.
With this in mind, backing West Ham to be winning at half-time and full-time in the half-time/full-time market at 31/20 should offer plenty of appeal to punters.
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Despite West Ham’s successes away from the comforts of Upton Park, there has been a significant lack of goals during the second half of these fixtures. All eight matches have consisted of under 2.5 goals being scored in the second halves, so odds of 39/20 for there to be more goals scored in the first half look inviting.
Equally, bwin customers may fancy the 21/10 on offer for the Hammers to rack up more goals during the first half than they do in the second.
New customers receive a free £25 bet for joining bwin and backing West Ham to score more goals in the first half would return £77.50 if successful.
Currently sitting in second spot, the Irons are a massive 21 places above Coventry and the lower-positioned side have a poor record against teams in the top half of the Championship.
They have featured in seven games against sides who currently occupy top-half positions, and as of yet have only picked up the solitary victory against Derby County, which was way back in September.
The formbook points to a comfortable victory for West Ham, then, and it is hard to find reasons to back anything other than another three points for the travelling Hammers fans to enjoy.
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