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Premier League betting preview: West Ham

by Rob Dore | August 14, 2012

West Ham

Summer Summary

There’s been no talk of West Ham’s potential move from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium. This is mainly because talking about it will bring about the realisation that it’s probably not a great move. The Hammers will struggle to fill it and the retention of the running track means the fans will be miles away from the pitch. Though with Sam Allardyce’s style of play that may not be a bad thing.

The manager has re-signed two former Hammers in James Collins and George McCartney. He has also added Mohamed Diame from Wigan as well as dipping in to the French league to snap up Alou Diarra and Modibo Maiga. A policy which reaped great rewards for Newcastle last season.

All in all the squad looks stronger and the Hammers look well set up to retain their place in the top tier.

Something to be positive about

Sam Allardyce has never suffered relegation when he’s managed a team from the start of the season. He has plenty of Premier League experience and is a very good bet to keep them up.

Something to be a bit worried about

Sam Allardyce hates football, as anyone who has seen one of his team’s play will attest to. Hammers fans will put up with his negative, long-ball football if it keeps them up but they’re going to suffer through some less than sparkling play along the way. Don’t be surprised to see a banner reading “We’d rather go down” at somewhere in Upton Park after Christmas.

An optimistic season bet

West Ham will play free flowing entertaining football. We don’t have a price on site because our odds don’t go in to the millions. Finishing in the top 10 at 4/1 may be asking a bit too much in their first season back in the Premier League but it’s not a bad bet.

A more realistic season bet

The Hammers are 5/6 to pick up over 40.5 points this season. Given the experience of the manager and the players in his squad this looks to be an absolute certainty.

New Arrivals:

James Collins (Aston Villa, undisclosed)
Mohamed Diame (Wigan, free)
Alou Diarra (Marseille, undisclosed)
Stephen Henderson (Portsmouth, undisc.)
Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton, free)
George McCartney (Sunderland, undisc.)
Modibo Maiga (Socahux, undisclosed)
Raphael Spiegel (Grasshopeers, undisclosed)

Packing their bags:

Pablo Barrera (Cruz Azul, undisclosed)
Rob Green (QPR, free)
Frank Nouble (Wolves, released)
Freddie Sears (Colchester, released)
Ravel Morrison (Birmingham, loan)

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