Some frantic training ground exercises are likely being led by West Ham manager Sam Allardyce after the Premier League new boys’ 3-0 drubbing by Swansea City last Saturday.
Unfortunately for Big Sam and his team, an early kick-off against Fulham on Saturday means they have less time to prepare than most for their next top-flight encounter.
Martin Jol’s men have flown out of the traps with seven goals in two matches and following their unfortunate 3-2 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford, they will no doubt have their supporters at 7/4.
And after the Hammers’ defensive calamities in Wales, 6/4 for a home win and 9/4 for a draw will only pay off if the hosts can make some speedy improvement at the back.
If West Ham continue to be so charitable, awkward questions might soon be raised about Allardyce’s usually sound transfer policy. While eight summer signings have expanded the midfield and attacking ranks with the likes of Matt Jarvis and Modibo Maiga, signing just one defender in James Collins is putting the pressure on the Irons’ backline.
The heat is on both Collins and goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen in particular after their errors allowed Swansea to stroll away with an easy victory. Fulham could exploit this uncertainty and backing the Cottagers to clinch a game with more than 2.5 goals at 7/2 looks a sound bet.
An 11/10 bet on Fulham to score the first goal also looks tempting after Damien Duff’s neatly-worked third-minute strike saw Fulham grab the lead at Old Trafford last weekend.
I also fancy West Ham to score the last goal of the match at 19/20, as they could well be chasing the game at that point and their summer signings leave them well staffed with attacking options who need to impress.
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