EPL betting: Pressure on Hammers to maintain Europa League spot

Updated: April 30, 2016

EPL featured betting preview: West Bromwich Albion (10-11-14, 41 pts) v West Ham United (14-14-6, 56 pts), The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England; Sunday, May 1, 12am – for the latest EPL standings, click here



Having watched West Bromwich Albion throw a significant spanner in the works of Tottenham’s title hopes last week, West Ham know their opponents aren’t in holiday mode just yet. The Hammers desperately need the points in today’s EPL clash at The Hawthorns to strengthen their hold on sixth place, which would give them a spot in the Europa League.

Liverpool and Southampton are breathing down their neck and although seventh place might still be enough should Manchester United win the FA Cup, Slaven Bilic is understandably keen for his side to keep matters in their own hands. West Ham’s form is by far the better of the two; they’re unbeaten in nine. They’ve gone four successive away games without defeat despite conceding two goals in each (W1, D3).

The Hammers have scored 15 times in their last six matches, in contrast to West Brom’s two goals over the same period. Dimitri Payet (pictured below) has created 102 scoring opportunities this season – 75 more than West Brom’s leading player, Darren Fletcher. West Ham have a fully-fit squad, meaning in-form forward Andy Carroll is set to start again for the Hammers. West Ham defeated Watford in their last league game and have had 10 days to prepare for this match.



The Baggies have secured their safety with space to spare again under Tony Pulis. West Brom have been able to churn out results when it mattered this season and lie 13th on the table. There have been some notable scalps along the way with home victories over Arsenal and Manchester United helping the side into mid-table. Only Aston Villa (25) have scored fewer league goals than the Baggies’ 32 this season.

The Baggies slipped up at home to Watford 1-0 after Saido Berahino missed two penalties. West Brom were then beaten at Arsenal but they managed a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane last time out which dealt a crushing blow to Tottenham’s title hopes. Berahino and Ben Foster will be assessed after missing the trip to north London with ankle injuries.

Midfielder James Morrison is training again after a hamstring injury but is unlikely to feature. Youngsters Jonathan Leko and Tyler Roberts have been training with the first team and could feature. Seven of the 13 Premier League meetings between these sides have been drawn, including the past two. West Brom won 4-0 in the FA Cup fifth round last year when West Ham last visited The Hawthorns.



Confirmed betting (card finalised)

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United DRAW (one unit @ $3.10)
Watford -1hcp v Aston Villa (one unit @ $2.70)
Everton v Bournemouth +3.5 (one unit @ $2.40)


Today’s other games

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
Stoke City v Sunderland
Arsenal v Norwich City


Most recent results: 2-0-0, +1.95 units; overall results: 62-5-58, +24.32 units

Aston Villa v Southampton +2.5 (one unit @ $2.05) WIN (2-4)
Manchester City (to nil) v Stoke City (one unit @ $1.90) WIN (4-0)

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT); prices with thanks to Bet365 (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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