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Bet of the day: Carroll to open scoring for West Ham in Europa League play-offs

| 18.08.2016

Lee Gormley | August 18, 2016

Coral’s bet of the day

  • West Ham United take on Astra Giurgiu in Europa League play-offs
  • The Hammers will look to grab an away goal to take to Olympic Stadium
  • In testing away clash, Andy Carroll may be likely source of goals
  • The targetman netted nine times in an injury plagued last season
  • Carroll will look to force himself into England boss Sam Allardyce’s plans

Carroll first goal scorer at 5/1

There’s plenty of midweek European action taking place, and it’s in West Ham United’s Europa League play-off first leg tussle with Astra Giurgiu that Coral’s latest bet of the day comes from.

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Slaven Bilic’s Hammers will be making the Thursday night trip to Romania as they aim to take a huge step closer to a spot in the Europa League group stage this season, and bring European football to their new home of the Olympic Stadium.

The Londoners face a testing trip to Stadionul Marin Anastasovici though and their towering frontman Andy Carroll is a promising 5/1 to open the scoring in this first leg meeting in the city of Giurgiu.

So, read on to find out why you should back this tasty Carroll first goal scorer price for the upcoming Thursday night match-up…

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West Ham will be aiming to grab an away goal to take back to London for the second leg, and their powerful centre forward Carroll is the most likely source of attacking threat, with the capital club set to target him as much as possible.

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Long balls towards the towering striker may be a ploy used by Bilic, while the likes of France’s Euro 2016 star man Dimitri Payet and recent summer signing Jonathan Calleri should be ready to create an abundance of chances for the attacker too.

Carroll also has an added incentive this season, with his former boss Sam Allardyce having taken charge of England, potentially leaving the door open for him to earn a recall at international level for upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The Hammers poacher struck nine times last term, even though he was plagued by injury setbacks throughout, and Carroll can be backed to pounce for the opening goal in midweek at a superb 5/1 as Coral’s bet of the day!


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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.