Colchester United-West Ham Betting Preview: Why backing the Hammers would be a shrewd decision

The Hammers continue their pre-season friendlies with a trip across Essex with Hugh Wilson backing the Premier League side to dominate from the start
West Ham take on Colchester United this evening, with both sides looking to maintain their pre-season friendly winning runs.

The Hammers have had a solid summer so far, beating the likes of Cork City and Bournemouth, with Colchester doing the business against non league sides. It will be a real test for Jo Dunne’s men tonight, as West Ham are expected to name a strong line up.

Sam Allardyce’s men come into this match in a rich vein of scoring form so far this pre-season. The Hammers have netted 11 goals in three matches, conceding only two.

Despite Andy Carroll missing pre-season due to a heel injury, the likes of Kevin Nolan, Matt Jarvis and Mark Noble have been ever present. Bet365 price the away side at 1/2 (1.50) to win the match tonight.

Colchester played four matches in four days last week, as they looked to get right back into the thick of the action against non-league sides in pre season.

This is Joe Dunne’s first pre-season in charge after joining on a full time basis last September. Bet365 don’t give the U’s much chance though, pricing them at 4/1 (5.00) to inflict a first pre-season defeat on the Hammers. The same firm prices the draw at 3/1 (4.00).

You can expect Sam Allardyce, like he has with the other three friendlies, to take this game seriously tonight and take a strong squad across Essex. Allardyce chose to name two different teams in each half against Borehamwood, but opted for a more calculated rotation in the clash with Bournemouth.

A fantastic bet in this match is West Ham to be leading at Half Time/Full Time at 6/5 (2.20) with Bet365. This bet would have paid out in all three friendlies for the Hammers so far.

West Ham Half time/Full time at 6/5 (2.20) with Bet365

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