West Ham relinquished a three-match winning home run when beaten 2-0 by Manchester United last time out at Upton Park, but they look a fine price at 6/5 to get back to business against a Hull side playing away from the KC Stadium for the first time since mid-February.
Nothing but a win will do for the Irons, whose 11/1 relegation odds would fall off a cliff if Steve Bruce can lead his charges to a result in east London
The visitors can be backed at 9/4 for the win and the draw is 11/5, but punters registering with bwin.com today may feel the £30 free bet bestowed on them upon sign up would be best served on the Hammers, with £36 profit ensured if they win.
West Ham have won their last four home games against Hull, stretching back over nearly a quarter of a decade.
The Irons crushed Phil Brown’s side 2-0 and 3-0 the last time Hull graced the Premier League, although on both occasions the Tigers were in the midst of dreadful losing runs.
However, the hosts haven’t lost at home this term to a team currently in the bottom half of the Premier League and only Newcastle and the Manchester clubs have won at Upton Park so far in 2014.
They’ll need all three points against the Tigers, as four of West Ham’s last seven games of the season are against top-six teams.
As the Premier League poker game draws to a close the cards are refusing to fall for the Irons, who have lost all three of their March fixtures to date.
Liverpool will be huge favourites to beat them next time out in east London and even the most optimistic bubble-blowers will expect nothing from trips to Arsenal and Man City.
Spurs are also due at the Boleyn Ground in early May and the Lilywhites – who have been beaten at home twice by West Ham in 2013/14 – won’t hesitate to hammer the final nails in the Irons’ relegation coffin if given half a chance.
Their other three fixtures are away at relegation rivals Sunderland and West Brom and at home to Crystal Palace.
The 18th-placed Black Cats are six points behind West Ham with two games in hand, so a win over Allardyce’s men at the Stadium of Light would give them a gilt-edged chance to gain ground.
A trip to the Hawthorns will be no cakewalk, where West Brom have lost just one league match since the first week in December.
That leaves the home clash against Crystal Palace and considering West Ham haven’t beaten the Eagles in five matches stretching over a decade, visiting boss Tony Pulis will fancy his chances of picking up at least a point.