West Ham United - Hull City Betting Preview: Why punters' patience may be rewarded in a tight encounter

There is little to separate these sides in the Premier League table and our tipster is not anticipating an early goal when the Hammers host the Tigers at Upton Park on Wednesday
After three successive Premier League defeats, West Ham United will look to get back to winning ways when they welcome Hull City to Upton Park on Wednesday evening.

The Hammers can leapfrog the Tigers in the Premier League table with victory on home soil and Sam Allardyce’s men are considered favourites with the odds compilers here, with Paddy Power offering 13/10 (2.30) on a home win.

Hull will come into this match in a confident mood having lost just two of their last seven matches in all competitions and, with an FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United to look forward to, the Tigers will be eager to make a good impression here.

Steve Bruce’s charges can be backed at a chunky 23/10 (3.30) with Paddy Power to take maximum points from this clash while the same firm go 11/5 (3.20) that the sides are forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

With both sides eyeing a top-half finish in the Premier League, this is sure to be a hard-fought encounter and there will be no lack of endeavour from either side.

Goals, though, could prove to be harder to come by with Hull City having managed just 13 goals from their 14 Premier League matches on the road thus far this term, while West Ham have notched just once in their last three outings.

It is, therefore, unsurprising that Paddy Power offer just 8/13 (1.62) that Wednesday’s meeting produces fewer than three goals while the same firm go 5/6 (1.83) that either side fails to find the net.

It is worth noting that West Ham have managed just 12 goals before the interval in the Premier League thus far this term and, with the Tigers capable of keeping things tight, there is value in the even money (2.0) quote on offer from Paddy Power for the first goal of the game to arrive after the 31st minute.

Those looking to squeeze further value from the game may be tempted by the juicy 13/8 (2.63) quote from Paddy Power for the first half to end goalless.

However, the even money (2.0) quote on offer from the same firm for the opening goal of the game to be scored after the 31st minute is generous enough and it is this price that is the recommended play for punters here.

First goal to be scored after the 31st minute at even money (2.0) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power
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