West Ham United v Sunderland Betting Tips and Preview

Premier League BettingWest Ham United takes on Sunderland in the Premier League tomorrow at 15:00 BST. We have looked at the two teams and analyzed the match to find the best betting tips, which can be found further down.

West Ham United earned a point

Last weekend West Ham United in some way managed to earn a point against Everton despite all odds and became the first squad this year to take points home from Everton. This was their first point in five matches and the point was more than deserved to the heroic playing team. Now they will have to take the confidence bust with them to the must win match against Sunderland. Of cause a defeat for West Ham would not send them straight to The Championship, but it could definitely send them inside the danger zone. Currently West Ham is merely one place over the feared relegation zone and need a point to stay safe. The distance between them and eighteenth positioned Hull City is actually only one point, which shows the importance of this match to West Ham. At the same time the remarkable draw against Everton will be worth nothing, if they should not put more points in the bank on Saturday.

But West Ham manager Zola will certainly have his job cut out for him as he is missing a lot of crucial players for the game against Sunderland. This said, both Kieron Dyer and Guilermo Franco might be returning to the squad. They were already rumored back last week and could join the squad this weekend. West Ham will be without Scott Parker as he is out for two matches due to suspension after his 10th yellow card this season. This is a big loss for West Ham as he played excellent against Everton Sunday. He will certainly be missed as he is irreplaceable in midfield for West Ham at the moment.

Sunderland manager satisfied

Sunderland manager Bruce must be very satisfied with his team after their game against Tottenham last Saturday. Most people did not fancy Sunderland’s chances, but with their excellent 3-1 win they now find themselves in 13th position in the premier league, and another victory on Saturday against West Ham could place them within the race for the top ten. Sunderland has only lost one out of the last 5 games, winning two and drawing two. Even so you cannot disregard the fact, that Sunderland was playing home against Tottenham, where most of their victories this season have come (8 out of 9). A win against West Ham would actually be their first in over half a year in the Premier league. The big question for this match might be, whether Sunderland can break their away stats on Saturday against West Ham. They will certainly get no better chance than to do so away against West Ham, a team who has lost the last three matches at home. Sunderland last won an away game on the opening day of the season, which is their only away win in this year’s Premier League.

These unsatisfactory away stats are properly why the bookies have made Sunderland such a big underdog. Sports Betters can currently receive odds 2.00 on West Ham, odds 3.30 for the draw and odds 3.80 for a Sunderland win at William Hill Sport. Not to say that 15 matches away without a win is not a lot, but if you look at their recent away games they have been playing against some of the toughest teams in the Premier League. Since the start of the year Sunderland have played 6 away games; loosing 7-2 to Chelsea, 2-0 to Everton, 2-0 to Arsenal, 3-0 to Liverpool and drawing against Portsmouth and Aston Villa. With the exclusion of Portsmouth, every other game was very difficult. And although they were well outplayed in their last away game in Liverpool, they come to West Ham with a morale boosting victory against Tottenham, which means that they surely stand a chance against a poor home team.

Our betting tip for the match is Sunderland to win at odds 3.80 at William Hill Sport. This might seem like a somewhat risky bet as West Ham might have gained some confidence after their match against Everton, but Sunderland simply appear too overpriced by the bookmakers. Players looking for a less risky bet can play the handicap bet at odds 1.75 to eliminate draws. Of course Sunderland will not face an easy task, but a poor home team without their captain Scott Parker should give them a very good chance. At same time Sunderland’s second away league win will have to come at some point, and this is surely a good opportunity to erase their poor stats.

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