If you’re of the opinion that November is too early to be sticking up your pagan symbols to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, then the chances are you’re not going to like this. With the league not yet at its halfway point, West Ham and Wigan play out a game that could have a huge bearing on the relegation picture. We’re loath to use the cliché, but let’s just say this clash could affect either team’s predicament by more than 5 points and less than 7 points. Lose the game and the Hammers are a virtually intergalactic eight points away from safety whilst a win for the hosts will have them so close to safety, safety will be considering taking out a restraining order.
Despite the sizeable difference in points, these two sides have had very similar seasons. Short of goals, leaky at the back, managers getting increasingly grumpy by the second – the signs aren’t looking great for either side. With both teams averaging less than a goal a game, pretending this game is going to be classic would be as delusional as thinking Jay Boothroyd is an international striker, but stranger things have happened. The good news is they’re both up against brittle rearguards so there stats should get a shot in the arm.
It’s likely to be very tight, so almost instinctively that has us scurrying towards the draw prices. A straightforward stalemate is priced up as a very interesting 12/5 shot. If you fancy getting slightly more specific, then the Correct Score market is worth a look. Although these sides have a fairly paltry goalscoring average so far this season, the 8/1 for them to not even live up to that is rather tempting. That’s the price of a scoreless draw and if you fancy a similar outcome but with only slightly more goals, then the 1-1 Draw at 5/1 is well worth considering.
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