West Ham are rated as solid favourites to continue their promotion push by defeating Peterborough United at London Road this weekend.
The Championship leaders are available at 21/20 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market for the clash, while Posh can be backed at 12/5 and the draw is also a 12/5 shot.
Darren Ferguson’s men are on a poor run of form and find themselves down in 18th place in the Championship table, having not picked up a win in their last seven matches.
They have also been uncharacteristically poor in front of goal of late. At the start of this season, and throughout last term, Posh were averaging over two goals per game and that was helping them win matches comfortably.
However, their recent sticky patch has coincided with the fact they have not managed to score two goals in a game since mid-December. Peterborough not to score a goal against the Londoners on Saturday is a decent-looking 37/20 chance.
Boss Sam Allardyce will surely view Saturday’s short trip north as an ideal chance for West Ham to keep their lead at the top of the table. Posh have no win in four at home, losing their last three (one in the FA Cup against Sunderland).
West Ham, for their part, are sitting pretty at the top of the Championship with a four-point cushion over second-placed Southampton following a run of three wins in their last four matches, including an impressive 2-1 derby triumph over Millwall last weekend, despite playing 80 minutes with ten men.
Away from home they have actually struggled for consistency, with only one win in their last six matches, including the shock 5-1 battering they took from Ipswich last time out.
But boss Sam Allardyce will surely view Saturday’s short trip north as an ideal chance for West Ham to keep their lead at the top of the table. Posh have no win in four at home, losing their last three (one in the FA Cup against Sunderland).
Nevertheless, their struggles in front of goal could be helped by West Ham’s recent run of keeping just one clean sheet in their last six fixtures outside the comforts of Upton Park.
Both teams to score in the match is 67/100 with bwin and this looks to be a reasonable short-priced play, while you can get 11/10 on one team to score or neither to hit the back of the net.
But for the main bet I will be going for a West Ham victory, but by a one-goal margin. In truth, a 2-1 win looks the most likely outcome and that can be backed at 15/2.
Punters joining bwin.com receive a free £25 bet and placing this on the Hammers to win 2-1 would bring impressive returns of £212.50 if this is indeed the scoreline come the final whistle.
If you are looking for a safer option, back West Ham to win by one goal (the draw selection in the 1-0 handicap market), which is available at a very tempting 29/10 with bwin.
But either way, West Ham’s class should eventually tell, leaving Ferguson with plenty to ponder as his side continue to head dangerously towards the Championship drop zone.
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