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West Ham v West Brom Prediction & Betting Tips, 2nd January 2018

31st December 2017 / lee
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The Hammers still have a lot to do to improve their overall home form in the top flight this season and they remain very patchy on home soil. They have won just the three home fixtures so far in the top flight but they will fancy their chances against the Baggies. West Brom have had a terrible season out on the road with only the six points collected and just the one win on the board. West Ham are 4/5 to get the three points on the board, with the draw at 5/2 and West Brom at 7/2.

West Ham News and Form

The Hammers have gone W1 D1 L1 in their last three home games in the top flight so you are still pretty much unsure just what you are going to get from them. In that sequence of home games, they beat Chelsea, draw with Arsenal and then went and lost against Newcastle. That’s pretty unpredictable at best and after a bit of a defensive turn around, they started to concede a little more heavily again over the Christmas period, shipping three goals against both Newcastle and Bournemouth. Marko Arnautovic seems to be enjoying himself in front of goal at the moment and is a 7/4 anytime goalscorer option and just because the Hammers are so hit and miss still it is worth considering both teams to score at Paddy Power for a price of 4/6 for this clash. West Ham have an overall home record of W3 D2 L4 this season and they have only managed the ten goals in their nine home games going into this one. They have conceded at just over 1.5 goals per game on average. They finished the year in the relegation zone, so the David Moyes revival hasn’t happened so far.

West Brom News and Form

With West Brom showing up it is probably worth looking under 2.5 goals at Paddy Power for the game. Running in the correct score market at 13/2 odds, the 1-1 draw has plenty of appeal on it too and only a 1-0 result for West Ham is trading shorter. The Baggies have gone eight matches away from the Hawthorns without a win now and they have lost two of their last three. They have managed to score just one goal in their last three away games and that includes trips to Swansea and Stoke. So it is a hugely poor return from them and in their W1 D3 L6 record on the road this season, West Brom have managed just the five goals. Salomon Rondon has been responsible for two of those away goals and is a 5/2 anytime goalscorer option. The Baggies have been level at the break in five of their ten away games so far this season so could maybe dig in here for a half time draw at least. But they have failed to score in half of their away fixtures this season which is pretty terrible and all six of their away losses have either been by a one or a two goal margin.

West Ham v West Brom Head to Head

Each of the last four between these at West Ham have been drawn and there was a 0-0 tie between them earlier in the season when they met at the Hawthorns. The Baggies are unbeaten in their last three against West Ham (W1 D2) and have lost just one of their last seven against the Irons in all competitions. Four of the last six league meetings have ended in a draw.

Who will win – West Ham v West Brom Predictions

West Ham are worth backing in this one because of home advantage and nothing else really. The great revival under David Moyes hasn’t really gained momentum and the Baggies will be competitive, but the Hammers to win by a one goal margin should have appeal.

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