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Injury-hit sides West Ham and Hull City meet at Upton Park

| 18.01.2015

Top six chances and high-flyers West Ham United (9/2) have enjoyed playing Hull City in recent seasons, winning five of their last eight league (Premier League and Championship) games against them, losing once.

The Hammers, who are currently up in seventh place in the table and have beaten the Tigers in their previous five home games, therefore, go into this match as odds-on 8/11 favourites with Coral for victory.

West Ham, though, are without a win in their last six games in 90 minutes in all competitions, drawing four, including the penalty shoot-out triumph over Everton in the FA Cup, and are 5/2 shouts to take away just a point from this encounter.

Three of their last four matches have been 1-1 results, so take tempting odds of 6/1 for this fixture to end with that scoreline as well.

Despite Hull being down in the drop zone, they are in slightly better form than their London counterparts, winning two of their last four league games, so are decent 9/2 shouts to beat the Hammers as well.

Steve Bruce will be without his three top scorers this season so far, though, as Nikica Jelavic, Mohamed Diame and Abel Hernandez are all sidelined through injury. Andy Robertson and Liam Rosenior are also out.

African attackers Sone Aluko and Yannick Sagbo could be paired up front, therefore, and they are both 11/4 chances to score anytime. Defender James Chester is Hull’s fourth top scorer with two, and he is a 12/1 chance in the same market.

West Ham and Sam Allardyce have their own problems with club leading marksman Diafra Sakho still out and Cheikhou Kouyate away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

There is better news at the back, though, as Winston Reid and Guy Demel could return to the side. Alex Song could also feature, after missing out against the Toffees.

Enner Valencia, who netted against the Tigers this term at the KC Stadium, and Andy Carroll are available, however, and are both price at 5/4 to score anytime.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.