A 2-0, first leg victory in the Cardiff City Stadium has put West Ham firmly in pole position in the play-off semi-final and Sam Allardyce’s men are now just 1/14 with Skybet to finish the job at Upton Park and book a place at Wembley.
Another victory for the Hammers, at 8/11 via Boylesports, looks on the cards and although Cardiff, with nothing to lose, will go for it, the hosts can weather an early storm and ultimately win ‘to nil’ again, a result Blue Square price at 7/4.
Given that they narrowly missed out on automatic promotion, West Ham have to be considered the class act in the play-off competition and they’re decent value in Stan James’ handicaps, where they’re 9/5 when kicking off a goal in arrears.
Ladbrokes meanwhile, make the Hammers 7/1 to manage another 2-0 success over the Bluebirds and they’re 13/8 courtesy of Boylesports to be in front at the end of each half.
West Ham to beat Cardiff 2-0 – 7/1 (Ladbrokes)