Soccer Picks: West Ham vs. Fulham Premier League Tips

Nila Amerova

Friday, November 29, 2013 1:22 PM GMT

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 1:22 PM GMT

West Ham United and Fulham are set to battle on Saturday in week 13 of Premier League, both desperate to climb out of the danger zone. Find out what odds are currently available and what value soccer picks we’ve discovered for you. 

Grim fortunes

Stuttering starts on the season represent a nadir for both West Ham United and Fulham, having to accept the ignominy of basement dwelling. Both are level on 10 points and dangling in the danger zone, threatened with relegation this season.

West Ham United boast a 2-4-6 mark in 12 laps which includes a 1-1-4 mark at home. Fulham meanwhile boast a 3-1-8 mark in 12 rounds and a 2-0-4 mark on the road. Clearly very little separates these two outfits in terms of their season and, yet, somewhat surprisingly, sportsbooks have served up a clear, runaway favourite in this match.

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West Ham United, with home ground advantage underscoring this tilt, are installed as the soccer odds favourites at -120 to win outright over Fulham, tipped at large +333 soccer odds to win outright. The draw meanwhile is priced at +250 at Bet365.

West Ham United are flush off a crushing 3-0 defeat at home to Chelsea, a match in which they were thoroughly outplayed, outmuscled and outscored – all their vulnerabilities laid bare on the pitch for all to see. So one-sided an affair it was that the Hammers looked completely out of sorts. That it followed a 3-1 defeat to Norwich City only exacerbates their grim situation; simply put they can’t seem to buy a win no matter how hard they try, which makes one wonder whether they do in fact merit such favourable odds against Fulham.

Fulham’s form is no better, granted. They are in just as bad a situation as the Hammers are, hopeless both at home and on the road and desperate to find some meaningful form. Making matters worse is a five-game losing streak (across all competitions) that has to be bruising on the conscience.

That said four of the five games were against the league’s top clubs this season – in-form sides such as Southampton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Swansea City. Put into the context of a rather tough schedule, some of those defeats could be explained away as mismatches.

In West Ham United they come up against the first beatable side in a long time, a fact that lends their hefty price tag of +333 on the outright win at Bet365 some value. It remains to be seen whether they can put that recent spate of disappointments behind them but if there were a matchup that they could build some confidence on, this would be such. At the very least, the draw would be attainable at +250 – it’s often the case that struggling teams can cancel each other out on the pitch.

Soccer Betting Verdict: When two teams are competing against each other to be the worst outfit in Premier League, nothing can be taken for granted and certainly not such a one-sided market. West Ham United do have home advantage, all that it’s done for them this season, and could potentially bank on it but at -120 they are not worth the price. The the best value for your soccer picks in this match is either the draw at +250 or the away win by Fulham at +333. Whichever way you decide to go, one of those two options is in our opinion a good soccer pick. For our money, we’re piling onto a Fulham win at +333.

Soccer Free Picks: Fulham to win outright at +333
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