Little to choose between West Ham and Aston Villa at Upton Park
Aston Villa travel to east London to face West Ham in the Premier League and with just a point separating the sides in the top-flight table, the draw at odds of 9/4 looks very much on the cards.
Sam Allardyce’s side relied heavily on their home form to keep them in the division last term, with nine of their 12 league wins coming at the Boleyn Ground in 2012/13.
They have been far from imperious at their own place this season and have garnered double the amount of points on the road than they have picked up in front of their own fans nine games into the campaign.
Villa have also been a better away team so far and their only positive result in the Premier League this term at Villa Park was the 3-2 upset against Man City.
While these details may point to a fourth top-flight win of the campaign for Paul Lambert’s side, their opponents recent form suggests otherwise.
The 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Burnley was the third time West Ham have come out unscathed in four matches and their one loss in that run was against Premier League co-favourites City.
A goalless draw at Swansea and their first win at White Hart Lane for 14 years – which was achieved in such emphatic fashion due to the talents of Ravel Morrison amongst other – show how tough goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is to get past.
However, with Belgian hotshot Christian Benteke around no stopper is safe and he looks a great bet at 6/1 to open the scoring after playing his first 90 minutes in six weeks last time out in the league against Everton.
Bank on West Ham to come back and grab a 1-1 draw, which is the shortest-priced correct score with Coral at 11/2.