WEST HAM’S stadium move has brought in more fans and fewer points but that could be about to change.
Moving from Upton Park to the Olympics athletics venue was always going to be a big test and some have said Hammers’ home games have less atmosphere than the moon.
Slaven Bilic’s side edged their league opener against Bournemouth 1-0 and since then huge but disgruntled crowds have watched them lose badly to Watford and Southampton and draw with shot-shy Middlesbrough.
Sunderland are next to head into the London Stadium “cauldron” and I’m sure boss Davie Moyes would rather be on the dark side of the moon peering down on the fans giving his side flak.
Winless Sunderland have collected just two points from their opening eight games and handed Stoke a first victory of the season last week.
West Ham, boosted by their win at Crystal Palace, should give their fans something to shout about and look value at 3-4 with Betfred.
Sunderland have conceded 2.25 goals a game on the road so an alternative bet is West Ham at 8-11 with McBookie.
For a goal consider Hammers penalty taker Mark Noble at 5-1 while Dmitri Payet is 6-1 at McBookie to score first.
Elsewhere in the Premier League there could be cracker when Bournemouth entertain Spurs.
Last season Spurs won 5-1 at the Vitality but I can see the home picking up at least a point on the back of last week’s 6-1 thumping of Hull. They had a free week too while Spurs were in Champions League action in Germany.
Callum Wilson was on target against Hull and on form is one of the sharpest strikers in the division. He is 9-4 at Ladbrokes to score.
Arsenal were another side who hit six last week – against Ludogerets in the Champions League – and after six Premiership wins in row Arsene Wenger’s side look like serious title contenders.
They are just 3-10 at Stan James to beat Middlesbrough so look at Arsenal -1 at 3-4 with Coral. I know Jordan is worried about the Gunners’ energy levels but in reality they took it easy for the last half hour against the Bulgarians and were never tested at any stage.
Liverpool were outdone by Jose Mourinho’s park the bus tactics but should get back to winning ways at home to West Brom although again they are short at 3-10 with Stan James.
Claudio Ranieri wants Leicester to transfer their Champions League form to the Premier League and I like them at 21-20 with McBookie and Ladbrokes to beat Palace at home. They’ve struggled away from home but the King Power has been a fortress and Palace don’t have much to offer. A win to nil is possible at 28-11 with 188BET.
In the Championship a double on top two Newcastle and Norwich pays 13-10 at William Hill. Newcastle look the safest bet against Ipswich while Norwich are at home to Preston.
Steve Bruce’s started with four points from two games in charge of Aston Villa and should add a second win at home to Fulham. Villa are a best 23-20 with McBookie.
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Leicester to win to nil
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