Soccer Picks: West Ham vs. Chelsea Premier League

Nila Amerova

Thursday, November 21, 2013 3:14 PM GMT

EPL betting markets are in full swing and with action coming down the wire in a hurry, here’s a look at some of the value soccer odds on offer across various sportsbooks as we strive to ferret out moneymaking bets for our loyal followers. 

Chelsea looks to bounce back

Jose Mourinho can’t be happy at all about his sides drop from second to fourth in the table, the culmination of back-to-back disappointments – a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United (the north continues to be the bane of his Premier League existence) and a surprising 2-2 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion. He is probably refusing to look at the table right now. To look would be to see Southampton above his beloved Chelsea (6-3-2) – it is nothing sacred – and that would surely make his patent leather Italian shoes cringe.

Most certainly the ‘Special One’ will look upon the upcoming clash at Boleyn Ground as opportunity to right those grievous wrongs. His Blues were downright disorganised against Newcastle and mighty lucky against West Bromwich Albion – a late penalty awarded to Chelsea that Eden Hazard took and neatly put away in stoppage time saw Chelsea salvage a point in what would otherwise have been an outstanding win by West Brom, adding another notch on their belt – they beat Man U earlier this season at the Old Trafford and held Arsenal to the draw at home. To almost beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as well. What gives with the Baggies and the big boys?

But let’s not digress. Chelsea’s visit to Boleyn Ground is a great opportunity for Chelsea, especially seeing that Southampton have a date with Arsenal at the Emirates this week which few are seriously entertaining the possibility they’d win. As such, Chelsea should be able to bag a nice win at -163 soccer odds at Bet365 that should them right in the table.

West Ham can’t buy a win

West Ham United (2-4-5) are sat in 16th place, a position that is outside the cut-off line but that nonetheless sees them level on points with Fulham in 18th (relegation zone) and three points clear of Sunderland in 19th.  These are not good times for Hammer fans indeed.

Sam Allardyce and his men find themselves in a tough place and the future doesn’t look bright, as evinced by their odds that hover rather high across all sportsbook platforms, at +400 at William Hill and as high as +450 at Bet365 and higher even elsewhere. Even the draw is listed out of their reach at +290 at Bet365.

Since an astonishing 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane – must have been an aberration – the Hammers crashed down with a thud, failing to turn that shocking win, which sent seismic shockwaves through sports betting markets, into something meaningful by going on to two draws and two defeats instead. The glaring issue: offense choked all of a sudden as over the course of those four games they mustered up just two goals.

Then again that issue was there all along really. If you take away the three goals against the Spurs, the Hammers have scored only six goals across ten games, so you could say par for the course.

Soccer Betting Verdict: It’s no secret that the Hammers are struggling something awful right now so it would be a huge leap to expect them to all of sudden enjoy a reversal in fortunes, especially against a quality side like Chelsea. Granted, Chelsea are after two games that were rather MEH, but expect them to hit their stride again against a very beatable West Ham United. Take Chelsea to win outright at very good odds of -160 and to go Over 2.5 at -111. Heck, given the waning confidence in the Hammers’ locker room, Chelsea should even deposit a convincing enough performance to win both halves, a soccer pick on offer at delectable +140 odds at Bet365.

Soccer Free Picks: Chelsea to win at -160; Over 2.5 at -111

Bonus Soccer Pick: Chelsea to win both halves at +140

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