Kidderminster v West Ham betting tips: Hammers looking to avoid Cup slip-up
Preview and odds for Saturday’s FA Cup clash
David Moyes’ Hammers will be looking to avoid a potential banana skin in the FA Cup fourth round as they travel to non-league opposition and we pick out some Kidderminster v West Ham betting tips.
The Premier League outfit headed into the winter break on the back of successive defeats, but it is no surprise to see them listed as the 1/4 favourites here, while there has been no rest for the wicked for the hosts, who have played seven times since claiming the scalp of Reading in round three and the National League North side are 12/1 for another upset.
Saturday’s game at the Aggborough Stadium kicks off at 12.30pm and is live on BBC1.
Despite losing their last two in the top flight, West Ham remain in fifth and only a point off fourth place. They continue to exceed expectations and have proven a thorn in the side in many of the big names in the league this term, beating both Chelsea and Liverpool at home.
With the Premier League set to return thick and fast next week, Saturday could provide the perfect opportunity for Moyes’ men to get back out on the park and tune up for four top-flight fixtures in the space of 14 days.
However, the Hammers’ squad size has come into question throughout the season and in particular during the January transfer window and with the aforementioned fixture jamboree upcoming, Moyes may choose this match with the lowest-ranked team left in the competition as an opportunity to rest some of his key names.
It is 4/11 for West Ham to score two or more goals in the game, while West Ham to win either half, West Ham over 1.5 goals and West Ham to keep a clean sheet is 6/4 in Kidderminster v West Ham betting tips.
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Power of the underdog
The hosts created a proper FA Cup giant-killing story against Reading in early January and have ridden the crest of a wave since, losing only one of their following seven games.
That includes three wins from four at their Aggborough Stadium home and Russell Penn’s side are only four points off the top of the National League North table, looking assured of at least a play-off berth as they continue their quest for promotion.
Midfielder Sam Austin scored in the win against Reading and has eight league goals to his name this term. He looks one of the Kidderminster players to watch out for, along with Ashley Hemmings and Omari Sterling-James.
It is 40/1 for Hemmings to score anytime combined with Kidderminster to win and both teams to score, while it is the same price for both Hemmings and Sterling-James to find the net at anytime in the match.
Sterling-James to score anytime but West Ham to win in a game featuring over 3.5 goals is 14/1 in Kidderminster v West Ham betting tips.
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Since their third-round success over Reading, Kidderminster’s games have had no more than three goals, while the same applies to two of West Ham’s last three Premier League games. Under 3.5 goals is 1/2 in Kidderminster v West Ham betting tips, while both teams to score and under 3.5 is 11/10.
There has been at least one goal in the first half of six of Kidderminster’s last eight and it is 9/2 for both teams to score in the first 45. Under 1.5 goals in the first half, under 2.5 goals in the second half and either team to win is also tempting at 6/4.
West Ham have scored in both halves in four of their last six and 19/20 for that to happen again seems fair in Kidderminster v West Ham betting tips, while a Hammers victory featuring over 2.5 goals is 3/4.
If nerves get to the Londoners, then there could be some value in the 21/20 for the hosts to protect a one-goal lead on the first-half handicap.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication