Wellington Phoenix, who were formed in 2007, are their opposition. The New Zealanders play in the Australian A-League, but they struggled in last season, finishing ninth out of ten teams.
Ernie Merrick's men lost their last four A-League matches at the end of the season, conceding 14 goals in the process. However, the Nix got back to winning ways last week, beating Wellington Olympic 2-0 in their first friendly this summer. Paddy Power price them at 4/1 (5.00) to heap more misery on West Ham.
Sam Allardyce will be keen for his side to pick up their first win and do it in style after a largely disappointing summer so far. The Hammers have drawn their two previous pre-season fixtures, needing two late goals to rescue a draw against League Two Stevenage, before a stalemate against Ipswich Town. Paddy Power price them at 8/15 (1.53) to win, with the same firm pricing the draw at 3/1 (4.00).
Despite West Ham drawing 0-0 last time out, friendlies usually see plenty of goals, with the market siding with goals in this fixture. Over 2.5 goals at 8/13 (1.62) is a little short with Paddy Power.
In Wellington's last six losses in the A-League, they were thrashed in five of those matches, losing 4-1 twice, 5-0 twice and 5-1. When Merrick's side lose, they don't seem to have much answer to their opposition as the flood gates open. With this in mind, the handicap bet for West Ham -1 at 13/8 (2.63) seems like a fantastic price when you consider Allardyce will go all out for the win in this game as they look to pick up their first victory of the season.
|West Ham to win -1 handicap at 13/8 (2.63) 1pts stake with Paddy Power|
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