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West Ham United were being regarded as relegation fodder in January, although Sam Allardyce has steered his team well clear of the drop zone and they have a chance to go 11th this evening when they take on Hull.
It wasn’t long ago that Allardyce was favourite on the Sack Race market for the Premier League although his job now seems secure after a recent four-match winning run, even if they come into this match off the back of three straight defeats.
In fairness, there was no disgrace in losing matches at Goodison Park and the Britannia Stadium, while last weekend’s home reverse against Manchester United saw Wayne Rooney open the scoring from the halfway line.
We should expect West Ham to serve it up to their opponents this evening and bet365 free bet offer an enticing 11/8 about the home side leapfrogging their opponents and making themselves practically safe from relegation in the process.
Andy Carroll missed a couple of decent early chances for his team against the Red Devils although he should prove a handful against the Tigers and the England hopeful can be backed at 11/2 to score the first goal of the game.
Carroll’s link-up play with Kevin Nolan is particularly exciting and the latter is as big as 8/1 to break the deadlock against a City side who have lost nine of their fourteen matches on the road this term, although Steve Bruce’s team have won four of their last six games.
Indeed, their last road trip saw Hull claim an excellent 4-0 win at Cardiff and the visitors are a 12/5 chance to do the Premier League double over their opponents, having beaten them at the KC Stadium by a single goal earlier this term.
Back then, City didn’t have Nikica Jelavic or Shane Long on their books although the duo arrived in January and can help make an impact this evening, with the even money about both teams scoring making plenty of appeal.
PREDICTION: West Ham 2 Hull City 1