Season So Far
After five relatively straightforward fixtures, as the Premier League goes, West Ham fans will be dismayed to see their team three places and a point above the relegation zone.
The 2-0 win against Cardiff at Upton Park on the opening day of the season has been followed up with two draws and two losses with both reverses coming at home, which is a worry considering the Hammers 2012/13 top-half finish was built on their impressive win-rate in east London.
Sam Allardyce has only seen his team pick up maximum points on the road once in the last sixteen attempts and his Irons cannot be backed with any confidence to strike against in-form Hull next time out in the league.
The Tigers are unbeaten at home and have only lost against Man City and Chelsea this term, so the 7/5 about them turning over West Ham looks good value.
Successive stalemates at Newcastle and Southampton have left the Hammers as the only team in the top flight that have neither scored nor conceded a goal away from home this term.
It’s 18/25 that under 2.5 goals are scored at Hull, which is a mark that was ducked below in eight of the ten league games featuring these sides so far.
Andy Carroll cannot return to the West Ham starting line-up quickly enough as, in the £15m record signing’s absence, not one of the club’s strikers have managed a Premier League goal this term.
The likeliest candidate to start up-front against Steve Bruce’s side is new signing Mladen Petric and his five strikes before Christmas last season for Fulham suggests he is worth a check in the first goalscorer market, if his name is on the teamsheet.
Other Notable Trends
The first time these teams met in the Premier League was at the KC Stadium five years ago and the home side squeeked a 1-0 win courtesy of defender Michael Turner’s goal. West Ham’s woes in front of goal have now seen them score more than two goals in a league match just twice in their previous 28 games dating back to the 3-1 win against Chelsea last December.