Saturday’s draw at Burnley means that West Ham have lost further ground in the automatic promotion race in the Championship and as a result the trip to Peterborough, the Hammers’ game in hand, is starting to look very much like a must-win encounter.
Sam Allardyce’s charges are Stan James’ 11/10 favourites to pick up three points at London Road, where bet365 chalk up a home triumph at 11/4 and it’s 13/5 with Skybet to finish all square. However, this is a pretty tough-to-call encounter, West Ham far from convincing enough at present to warrant a significant interest, and the shrewd move is to therefore speculate on it being a high-scoring contest.
The Hammers last five on the road have produced 19 goals at an average slightly shy of four per game while Posh’s 18 home matches have generated a massive 67 goals all told so statistically speaking it makes sense to back Ladbrokes’ 2/1 for the two sides to score more than 3.5 times between them.
Another potentially high-scoring tussle takes place at Portman Road, where Ipswich lock horns with Middlesbrough. Last season’s renewal of this fixture finished three-each while Ipswich’s home matches average more than three goals each and Boro’s last eight on the road have racked up 29 in all.
Double on over 3.5 goals in games at Peterborough and Ipswich – 8/1 (Ladbrokes)