Following West Ham’s opening-day defeat to Cardiff, questions were raised about their potency up front, with Frédéric Piquionne not looking particularly menacing in front of goal and Carlton Cole still being kept in reserve.
However, a solid away win at Doncaster and a goal from new signing Kevin Nolan reassured West Ham fans of their intentions for the season.
Their 4-5-1 formation means the Hammers’ midfield is very much involved in the thick of things, with Jack Collison returning to add creativity and last year’s FWA Player of the Year Scott Parker still providing menacing determination. so expect them to be trying to edge out another away victory.
Sam Allardyce’s troops are priced at 23/20 to get all three points, but with both of their games in the Championship so far this term containing just one goal, perhaps a 1-0 success at 8/1 could represent the most attractive proposition.
New customers who use their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com to back this outcome could land a tidy £225 if their prediction proves correct. With the prolific Danny Graham moving on to Swansea, the goalscoring burden for Watford is with the experienced Chris Iwelumo and the exciting Marvin Sordell. However, neither team have scored more than two goals in any one of their last 11 league fixtures, which suggests this game is likely to be decided by the odd goal.
With this in mind, it could be a wise bet to back the number of goals scored to be odd in a tight encounter at Vicarage Road at odds of 19/20, or even have a flutter on the draw at 9/4.
Punters could also look to recent history and see that Watford have won the last three encounters against West Ham 1-0 – a repeat scoreline here is priced at an attractive 19/2, while a straight win bet on the Hornets is available at 9/4.
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