There has been much focus on the transfer activity of Leicester in recent days, with the Foxes having spent big in order to boost their chances of winning the Championship title.
Earlier in the summer the spotlight was on West Ham, when established Premier League players Kevin Nolan and Abdoulaye Faye were brought in to Upton Park.
However, it is not only the signing of players that needs to be taken into consideration, but also the ones who are staying.
With West Ham’s Scott Parker and Robert Green both having reported for pre-season training earlier this week, the odds on them being at the club at the start of the new campaign are starting to lengthen.
Should they line up in claret and blue against Cardiff on 6th August, then odds on West Ham to win the Championship title will look even more attractive.
After all, both players were in England’s squad for the national side’s most recent match against Switzerland in June.
Favourites in bwin’s football betting market, the Hammers are 4/1 to finish first in the Championship and clinch promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
A successful £25 free bet on West Ham to win the title, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £125.
Meanwhile, early West Ham v Cardiff betting with bwin makes the Iron 13/20 favourites to take all three points from their opening Championship fixture.
Cardiff odds on a win are 15/4, with a draw priced at 12/5.
Before that, the West Ham squad will travel to Switzerland to prepare for the new campaign and will be taking on BSC Young Boys on Monday.
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