Southampton’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich last night means West Ham can move to the summit of the Championship with a win over Watford at Upton Park this evening.
The Hammers are only two points behind the Saints having played two games fewer so, with 13 fixtures to go, look to be in a strong position to return to the Premier League as champions following a one-year absence.
This is reflected in bwin’s football betting market for the Championship winner, where West Ham are odds-on to finish at 9/10 and Southampton are their nearest challengers at 39/20.
However, it’s not all plane sailing for Sam Allardyce’s men in English football’s second tier and they are only sixth in the form table having won three, drawn two and lost one of their last six games.
Only one team – Coventry – have scored fewer goals on their travels than Sean Dyche’s outfit, and with West Ham conceding just three goals in their last six matches at Upton Park the Hornets could struggle to add to this tally this evening.
Indeed, they have drawn their last two home games and that aforementioned defeat was a 5-1 thumping by Ipswich at Portman Road back on January 31st.
Nevertheless, they are odds-on at 11/20 to beat Watford this evening, with the draw at 11/4 and an away success at 5/1 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
For even if West Ham aren’t crushing all that’s put before them in the Championship, Watford’s deficiencies should ensure the Hammers pick up all three points.
Although the Hornets have won four of their last six games, their away form remains a cause for concern.
With just three wins and six draws from their 16 games on the road, Watford have the fifth-worst away record in the division.
Worryingly, only one team – Coventry – have scored fewer goals on their travels than Sean Dyche’s outfit, and with West Ham conceding just three goals in their last six matches at Upton Park the Hornets could struggle to add to this tally this evening.
This makes odds of 11/10 on Watford failing to score look extremely good value, particularly as they have failed to register in four of their last six away games and eight of their last 12.
A successful £25 free bet on a West Ham clean sheet is set to return £52.50, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
Even bigger returns are available if punters choose to back a West Ham win to nil at 29/20 – a successful £25 free bet here would secure winnings of £61.25.
Finally, it is worth noting that West Ham are fast starters, with the best first half record in the Championship overall and the second-best at home.
With this in mind, odds above evens for a West Ham win at half time (21/20) look well worth taking advantage of, with a West Ham/West Ham win at half time/full time also worth consideration at 23/20.
Recommended bet: Watford to fail to score @11/10
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