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Dec 162011

888sport’s betting expert, Ed Nicholson, looks ahead at Saturday’s clash with Barnsley…

The formbook makes for good reading for Hammers fans. West Ham have won their last four meetings with Barnsley in all competitions. 888sport has the Hammers as 8/13 favourites – an industry best price. The Tykes are 9/2 and the draw is 11/4.

West Ham have also netted 13 goals and conceded just one against Barnsley in the last four against them – one of the reasons West Ham are 1/7 to score at anytime. Sam Allardyce’s men are also 6/5 to keep a clean sheet at Upton Park, and 2/1 to win to nil.

Barnsley have shipped 31 goals this season – one more than they’ve scored! 888sport is offering 15/2 for the Hammers to win by 3 goals on Saturday.

Barnsley are winless in six trips to Upton Park, last claiming the victory in East London in October 1987. It finished 5-2 that day, and 888sport go 9/2 for West Ham to hit four or more.

Wrap up warm for this one Hammers fans!

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Dec 092011

888sport’s betting expert, Ed Nicholson, looks at the betting for the Hammers' trip to the Madjeski…

There is certainly value in West Ham at 888sport with this one. They are 6/4 underdogs – not a bad price considering Reading’s inconsistent form (they’ve won three and lost three of their last six).

This fixture hasn’t been short of goals in recent years. The last three clashes between West Ham and Reading at the Madejski Stadium have produced a total of 13 goals. Both teams to score tomorrow is 3/4.

Kevin Nolan has bagged two goals in his last three games for the Hammers, and is 7/1 to score the first goal at the Madjeski tomorrow.

An interesting stat to be bear in mind going into this one is Reading’s inability to score until mid-way through the second half. Only one of the Royals' last 15 league goals has come before the 65th minute. 888sport is offering 2/1 for West Ham to be leading at half time. They are also 10/3 to be leading at half time, and to go on to win.

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Dec 022011

888sport’s betting expert, Ed Nicholson, looks ahead to tomorrow’s clash with Burnley…


Four wins on the spin for West Ham pits them as favourites against Burnley in this one. 888sport is offering 4/7 for a West Ham win. Burnley are 9/2 outsiders and the draw is 14/5.


The Hammers have netted exactly five goals in each of their last two home meetings with Burnley, with Carlton Cole scoring three goals across the two meetings. Cole is 4/1 to score first tomorrow.


The Hammers have a decent record against Burnley, losing just one of their last five trips to Turf Moor in all competitions. 888sport is offering 2/1 for Sam Allardyce’s men to win to nil.


West Ham are also setting the standard for the Championship, winning their last four league games – the longest current winning run in the second tier. 888sport is offering 7/2 for The Hammers to continue their winning streak against Burnley by more than two goals.


Jay Rodriguez is the man West Ham need to stop tomorrow. Rodriguez has scored in three of his last four league games. You can have Burnley not to score at 6/5.


And finally, with West Ham sitting in second place going into December, you can back them to cruise back into the Premier League by winning the Championship at 11/10.


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Nov 182011

West Ham United Betting Column


888sport’s betting expert, Ed Nicholson, looks ahead to The Hammers’ trip to Coventry…


Sam Allardyce’s men are looking good going into this one. Four wins from six, with two of those wins coming away from home. The form book makes for good reading, too. West Ham have won five and lost just one of their last eight matches in all competitions against Coventry. 888sport has the Hammers as 8/11 favourites. The draw is 5/2 and Coventry to win is at 4/1 – a best industry price.


The Hammers have kept clean sheets in four of their last six league games. 888sport has them at 7/4 to win to nil at the Ricoh tomorrow.


Coventry sit in 23rd in the league this season. Sky Blues fans will be frustrated with their side dropping 12 points from winning positions this season, the joint-most in the Championship. 888sport are offering a special that Coventry score first and fail to win at 9/2.


All the best to the Hammers making the trip!


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