Premier League betting – West Ham v Sunderland
West Ham v Sunderland betting odds, tips & free bets
West Ham take on Sunderland at Upton Park on Sunday in a final day clash that has no real bearing on the top or bottom of the league. West Ham are already relegated after a 3-2 defeat at Wigan last weekend and Sunderland will be safe from relegation no matter what the result is. West Ham have a good recent record against Sunderland, winning the last 4 meetings between the two at Upton Park.
West Ham are preparing for life in the Championship next season after being relegated last week and ending their 6 season stay in the top flight. Manager Avram Grant was also relieved of his duties less than an hour after the final whistle at Wigan and so Kevin Keen will take caretaker charge of this game. Because of this, and the fact that it’s the last game of the season means it may be quite difficult to predict what team is chosen. Keen could well pick youngsters as there is nothing left to play for, or consequently he could pick a strong team hoping for a win to perhaps secure the job on a permanent basis. The second seems more likely which is why West Ham are favourites for the match and a 2-1 home win is looking good at 9.0 with Skybet. Demba Ba is likely to start the match as he is the Hammers top league scorer with 7 goals. The striker is also a great bet at 6.5 with Paddy Power, to open the scoring.
A great first half of the season has not been matched by a good second for Sunderland who have slipped from on the fringes of a Europa League place to just avoiding relegation. A lot of that has been down to injuries, which have been terribly unkind to the black cats this season. In fact they are still struggling for players with around 10 of their first team squad still side lined through injury. The injuries have been that bad for manager Steve Bruce, that he has had to play recent games without a recognised striker on the pitch. Stephane Sessegnon has in fact played up top in recent weeks and so is a good shout at 3.4 with Skybet to score at any time during the match. Sunderland’s form going into the final day isn’t great with just 2 wins from their last 6 and which is why they are underdogs but still a decent price at 3.8 with Betfair.
2-1 West Ham – 9.0 Skybet
Demba Ba first scorer – 6.5 Paddy Power
Stephane Sessegnon anytime scorer – 3.4 Skybet
Both teams to score first half – 4.0 Skybet
By Sam Markham
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