West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini

Wimbledon vs West Ham: Wombles look outclassed in FA Cup

Kick-off: 1945, 26/01/2019

Stadium: Kingsmeadow Stadium

TV: BT Sport

West Ham have already beaten AFC Wimbledon away in the EFL Cup this season and we see no reason for a different result when they meet in the FA Cup.

The Dons did have Rod McDonald sent off after 18 minutes when leading, but a much-changed Hammers line-up still ran out worthy 3-1 winners at Kingsmeadow Stadium.

That was Manuel Pellegrini’s first win as manager and he is in better shape to take this competition more seriously now clear of any relegation fears.

We’re snapping up 5/4 for United to prevail and over 2.5 goals in the game as our initial Wimbledon vs West Ham prediction.

A Look At AFC Wimbledon’s Betting Odds

Wimbledon are languishing at the foot of the League One table following Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Barnsley and Tuesday night’s 3-0 drubbing by Fleetwood, both at this venue.

Joe Pigott is having a decent campaign up front, netting against the Hammers here back in August and in a 3-1 triumph at Halifax in this competition among his eight goals.

However, Wally Downes has been unable to do much about the defensive frailties he inherited when taking charge at the start of December.

Downes made over 200 appearances as a midfielder for the old Wimbledon in his playing days and helped instil the Crazy Gang spirit which ultimately inspired their famous 1988 FA Cup triumph.

The romantics will be hoping he can lift the current team to an upset win, but we fear the Wombles will be out of their depth.

Looking at the Wimbledon vs West Ham odds, there is plenty of appeal in 7/5 for the Hammers to oblige by more than one goal.

A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds

Pellegrini did not manage to win the FA Cup during his time with Manchester City, but the Chilean did enjoy two EFL Cup triumphs, so he knows the importance of doing well in knockout tournaments.

United beat Birmingham 2-0 at London Stadium in the last round, with Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll on the scoresheet and Samir Nasri catching the eye on debut.

The Hammers had 73 per cent of the possession that day and are again expected to dominate proceedings at Kingsmeadow Stadium.

West Ham followed that up by edging out Arsenal 1-0 in the Premier League, highlighting how the feelgood factor of a cup success can help lead to more good fortune.

With plenty of talent at his disposal, even considering a sizeable injury list, Pellegrini should field another strong line-up and 11/1 for a repeat of their 3-1 win here in the EFL Cup is added to our Wimbledon vs West Ham betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

AFC WIMBLEDON 0-3 Fleetwood

Bournemouth 2-0 WEST HAM

Head-to-head: Wimbledon 1-3 West Ham

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