West Ham v Sunderland Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Saturday 20th October By @J_RKeith

West Ham v Sunderland – The London Stadium at 15:00

My second Asian Handicap betting preview for this weekend features two sides struggling for form and fit players, as West Ham host Sunderland on Saturday at the London Stadium.

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West Ham

It’s difficult trying to figure out what is wrong with the Hammers at the moment, after a great season last year they have struggled massively to gain points.
Slaven Bilic’s side have only won two games from eight so far this campaign and sit 15th in the Premier League table. Their last match ended in a 1-0 win away to Crystal Palace; Manuel Lanzini scoring.

There has been a lot of comments made about the stadium, how fans are far away from the pitch, fights in the crowd and a new atmosphere around the club. Yet, this should only be for a brief period. Surely they should be getting use to it by now, right?

Another problem has been injuries, as seven players are sidelined for Bilic and the returning Aaron Cresswell is suspended for this match.
Furthermore, why Zaza keeps getting played up top is beyond me. I do not rate him and see him as a hindrance. A player who will not work his socks off to help the team strive forward.

The Hammers have only won one match at home this season but their fortune may change this weekend when they host a demoralised Wearside team, especially if Michail Antonio gets back to his scoring ways.

 

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Manuel Lanzini

Sunderland

For strugglers Sunderland it is another case of deja vu for them as they sit bottom of the table after eight games with only two points in the bag. New manager David Moyes suffered a 2-0 defeat in his last match and has had no good fortune recently.

On top of this, like West Ham, their injury list is depressing. Nine players sit out for this match, while there are positives with Lamina Kone and Patrick van Aanholt hopeful on making a return in London.

The problem with the Black Cats is that there is no real goal threat, apart from Jermain Defoe, in the team considering they have only scored three in their last five fixtures. Furthermore, on the road Sunderland have only won two matches since the start of 2016. You are not going to survive with a record like that!

It may be time to change formation, as for the last couple of games Moyes has stuck with a 4-5-1. It could be possible to move back to a 4-3-3, or even set-up a 3-5-2 with two wing-backs. That could make the difference with width and numbers in attack as well as keeping it tight at the back.

Conclusion

The last time these two sides met in London, the Hammers won 1-0 with Antonio scoring the winner. However, Sunderland haven’t won a game in East London since 2011 and have only won three of their last 15 encounters in the south.

There are just too many injuries in both squads to understand who will win this game. If I had to back one side it would be West Ham, as they seem keen to put right this poor home form.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: West Ham -0.75 at 1.89 with Betvictor

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

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Premier League Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Saturday 1st October by @tashason21

Watford v Bournemouth – Vicarage Road at 15:00

My latest Asian Handicap betting preview focuses on a Premier League clash between Watford and Bournemouth.

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Watford

The Hornets will be looking to bounce back from Monday’s 2-0 defeat at Burnley, after a poor performance put an end to their back-to-back Premier League wins.

However, taking 7 points from their opening 6 matches, which have included fixtures against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal is still a decent start for Mazzarri’s side.

2 weeks ago Watford beat Manchester United for the first time in 30 years after an extraordinary performance which rendered Jose Mourinho to his 3rd successive defeat as United boss.

Watford also came from 2-0 down at the London Stadium to beat West Ham 4-2 in another emphatic win.

Etienne Capoue is currently the Hornets’ top scorer with 4 goals to his name and he is also the joint second top scorer in the Premier League. Capoue, who failed to score a single goal last season has been able to play a more attacking role under new boss Walter Mazzarri and as a result Watford are reaping the benefits!

The key to their success last year was the strike partnership of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo and although they are now both off the mark in the Premier League this season, they’ve only scored 3 goals between them.

New signing Issac Success has also looked a handful when coming off the bench and he may well have earned a place in the starting line up vs. Bournemouth.

Bournemouth

Eddie Howe’s men have 2 wins under their belt and last weekend beat an in-form Everton side (1-0), who were enduring their best ever start to a Premier League season. The winning goal came in the 23rd minute when Junior Stanislas scored a cracker from 25 yards out.

The Cherries’ other win came against West Brom and was also won by a 1-0 scoreline, with Callum Wilson scoring a late goal.

Bournemouth have also taken 7 points from their opening 6 matches, not a terrible start to the new campaign, but they are struggling to score goals. The away side are currently the joint lowest scorers in the league and have scored just 4 goals in their 6 games played.

Despite this, the squad Howe has at his disposal has strengthened from last year, especially through the additions of Jordan Ibe and Jack Wilshere.

Callum Wilson, who was prolific before his injury last season has made a slow start to the new campaign, but Bournemouth will be hoping he’ll start firing on all cylinders soon!

The Cherries are without a league win away from Dean Court so far this season and it will be a tough ask to beat Watford, who surely can’t perform any worse than they did against Burnley on Monday night!

 

Conclusion

When these 2 sides met last season, a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road was the result and a 1-1 draw was the outcome of the reverse fixture. Will we finally see a winner this time around? I think so and I recommend backing Watford -0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market as I’m expecting a response by the home side in light of their defeat against Burnley.

 

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Watford -0.25 @ 2.05 with Pinnacle

 

Asian Handicap Betting

Troy Deeney

West Ham v Middlesbrough – London Stadium at 15:00

In my 2nd Asian Handicap betting preview I’ve found some value in the game between West Ham and Middlesbrough at the London Stadium.

West Ham

What has happened to West Ham? After getting to the Europa League qualification stages with a 7th place finish last season, there were no limits placed on what The Hammers could achieve this time round. However, there is no other way to describe the start to their new campaign other than a nightmare!

Slaven Bilic’s side have only won 1 of their opening 6 Premier League games and that was against Bournemouth (1-0). Their other 5 matches have all ended in defeat and they’ve conceded 16 goals in the process!

In addition, West Ham also failed to qualify for the Europa League when they were knocked out by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu.

The Hammers’ poor start means they currently find themselves in the relegation zone.

Last weekend, the home side were once again thrashed, this time by Southampton (3-0) after another disappointing display and therefore the players will be hoping that they can give the home crowd something to cheer about this time round.

 

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough are certainly finding life tough back in the Premier League, despite playing some decent football.

The away side similarly have a single win under their belt (against Sunderland), although they have also picked up a point against Stoke (1-1) and West Brom (0-0).

Cristhian Stuani’s brace against The Black Cats was enough to seal a victory, as Patrick Van Aanholt could only supply Sunderland with a consolation goal.

Boro currently find themselves sat 16th in the Premier League table on 5 points.

Striker Alvaro Negredo has only scored 1 goal so far this campaign, but he always looks a threat in front of goal.

Last weekend Middlesbrough lost 2-1 in a tough game at home to Spurs. Boro went 2-0 down after Heung-min Son scored a brace, although Ben Gibson did manage to grab a goal back. Ultimately it wasn’t enough however, with Spurs managing to hold out.

Conclusion

I am expecting this to be a close game and can see each side taking a point away from the match. However, Boro will be fancying their chances against this under performing West Ham team and as a result, I recommend backing Boro +0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Middlesbrough +0.25 @ 2.08 with Pinnacle 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.

 

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West Ham v Southampton Asian Handicap Betting Preview – 25th September by @tashason21

West Ham v Southampton – London Stadium at 16:00 live on Sky Sports 1

I’ve had a profitable few weeks and I will be looking to continue this run on Sunday as West Ham take on Southampton in the Premier League.

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West Ham

West Ham have had a terrible start to the season, which has come as a surprise to many who were expecting The Hammers to push on from the success of last campaign. After a 7th place Premier League finish last season, expectations were subsequently raised, although Slaven Bilic’s side are noticeably struggling at present.

The Hammers have lost their last 3 consecutive league games and 4 out of their opening 5 in total. West Ham have been defensively poor and a few weeks ago suffered a 4-2 home defeat against Watford, after taking a 2-0 lead!

West Ham have only kept 1 clean sheet, whilst conceding 13 league goals so far this season, a run of form which has seen them slip down to 18th in the Premier League table.

A narrow 1-0 victory against Bournemouth saw The Hammers pick up their first and only win of the season, but The Cherries were playing with 10 men towards the end of the game. Antonio scored the winning goal that day and he is currently West Ham’s top-scorer with 5 league goals to his name.

Last weekend The Hammers suffered a 4-2 defeat to West Brom, a team which don’t tend to score many goals, which once again highlights the home side’s defensive flaws.

Bilic’s men were also very lucky mid-week, as they beat Accrington Stanley 1-0 late on to remain in the EFL Cup. Dimitri Payet scored a 96th minute free-kick which sealed the victory, but only just!

 

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Dimitri Payet

Southampton

Last weekend Southampton got their first 3 points of the new campaign with a 1-0 victory over Swansea. Charlie Austin is starting to show some form and scored his first Premier League goal of the season last weekend and his 4th goal in total. Fellow striker Shane Long is yet to get off the mark in any competition to date.

Southampton beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the EFL Cup mid-week, with Charlie Austin and Jake Hesketh getting on the scoresheet.

The Saints are currently winless away from home however and they’ll be hoping they can change this by getting a result against a side that are evidently struggling at present.

Although it may seem Southampton have been finding life tough on the road, they have had 2 of the toughest away fixtures at Manchester United (2-0) and Arsenal (2-1). A trip to the London Stadium is definitely a good opportunity to take away all 3 points by comparison!

Southampton have scored in 4 out of their 5 league games this season and if West Ham defend the same way they have done in recent weeks, expect to see more goals from the Saints.

Claude Puel’s side have also kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches across all competitions and so it may take a moment of quality from The Hammers to break down Southampton’s defence.

Conclusion

West Ham have been playing poorly of late and although Southampton having been getting the results, their performances haven’t been as bad as their league position (14th) suggests. The Hammers are certainly under pressure but even so, I am expecting Southampton to get a narrow win on Sunday. If West Ham have sorted out their defence however, a draw is also a possibility in what will no doubt be a close game. I recommend backing under 2.5 goals on Sunday as a narrow 1-0 win for Southampton or a low-scoring draw will return full profit.

 

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.96 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.

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