Soccer Picks: West Ham vs. Everton

Nila Amerova

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 3:02 PM GMT

Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 3:02 PM GMT

West Ham United and Everton are set to collide in Week 5 of Premier League betting. Join us as we breakdown this clash complete with soccer odds and a selection of plum soccer picks from various markets.

Betting on the winner

Everton is riding momentum following a big upset win over Chelsea last weekend that extended their unbeaten form on the new season to four games in a row. Up to ninth spot with six points and a 1-3-0 record, Everton will be looking to make it two win in a row when they travel to West Ham United.

West Ham meanwhile are sat pretty in tenth spot with a 1-2-1 record, a point shy of Everton in the table. West Ham are after a scoreless draw at Southampton last weekend. Though they managed a point they’ll be looking to advance their cause in the table with a home win over Everton.

As far as the soccer odds go, West Ham United is tipped at the disadvantage at +220 at Bet365 while Everton are listed as the favourites, albeit on the long side of even money at +130. The draw by comparison is listed the longest at +225.

Last season, Everton won both encounters – 2-1 at West Ham in December and 2-0 at home. That alone would support the market on this game and suggest that Everton are indeed the smart pick.What adds weight to these odds and perhaps what’s been taken stock of by betting odds makers is twofold. Firstly, Everton is a slightly different team with Robert Martinez at the helm. The style of play has changed towards a more attacking minded approach and nowhere was it more apparent than in the recent 1-0 win over Chelsea. On the flipside, West Ham United’s dull 0-0 draw to Southampton revealed a lack of attacking potency.

Verdict

Everton is riding the momentum of their big win over Chelsea and that sends them into this clash against a very beatable West Ham with optimism. As such, an Everton road win at +130 appears to be the value pick to win this match. That said shading the draw at +225 at Bet365 is another option to consider given that form is relatively good and comparable on both sides of the coin and mid-table positions are at stake.

Free Pick: Everton to win at Ladbrokes

Betting the score and totals

Both teams have a 1-goal differential going into Week 5 of Premier League action. Everton have scored three goals and conceded two while West Ham United have scored two goals and conceded one over the course of four games. Clearly, they are averaging less than a goal a game and, as such, we have to consider then leaning towards a low-scoring affair here which is priced at -125 for the Under 2.5 total at Bet365.

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Interesting to note that while bookies price the draw outcome the longest at +225 they appear to favour the 1-1 score best at +500 (that is the lowest priced score in the market as a whole). A scoreless outcome meanwhile is priced at +900.

If you are inclined towards betting on a winner, you should know that a 1-0 win for Everton is priced at +650 and a 2-1 score is priced at +850. On the other hand, a 1-0 win for West Ham United is priced at +850 and that is the only score for the Hammers priced in the three-digit range.

Verdict

Continuing on the Everton winning vein, we’re backing Everton to win 1-0 at +650 for our soccer picks in this situation. In the event, you are going for the draw outcome the best options is the scoreless outcome don’t you think?  

Free Pick: Everton to win 1-0 at +650.

Prop Bets

Where the double result is concerned Everton winning both halves is best priced at +275 while West Ham winning both halves is priced at +400. Curiously, the draw result in both halves is tipped equally at +400 while a draw in the first half and an Everton win is priced at +450 and the draw-West Ham outcome is tipped at +600.

Betting on the winning margin is an option if you are looking to back a winner in this game instead of the draw. Seeing that both teams have scored but a few goals more likely than not the winning margin in this game is going to be a lone goal. You’ll see Everton on the advantage at +300 to win by a goal while West Ham United is slightly larger at +375 to win by a goal.

Verdict

In keeping with the Everton win, we’re backing Everton to win by a goal at +300; as well, we’re plumping down to the draw-Everton result at +450. Of course, if you’re inclined towards the draw outcome, the draw result in both halves at +400 is your best option most likely.

Free Pick: Everton by a goal at +300 and draw-Everton at +450.

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