After a faltering start to their pre-season campaign against Stevenage, the Hammers travel east to face the Tractor Boys, with our tipster backing them to have another tough rideWest Ham United’s pre-season didn’t get off to an ideal start as they needed two late goals to rescue a draw against League Two Stevenage at the weekend. Despite a full strength side visiting the Hertfordshire town, the Hammers couldn’t kickstart their summer with a win.
Ipswich should offer a tough test again, with Mick McCarthy’s side looking to build on their ninth-place finish in the Championship last season, with West Ham due to be their highest-ranked opposition this pre-season. The two sides meet as a result of Aaron Cresswell's transfer between the two clubs, with the former Tractor Boy likely to start against his old side.
The Hammers face their final English opposition this week before heading off to New Zealand, where they will face Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC.
After conceding a goals in each half against Stevenage, Matt Jarvis and Stewart Downing struck in the last six minutes to claw back a draw for Allardyce’s men. William Hill price them a 11/10 (2.10) to win tonight.
Ipswich kicked off their pre-season with a 4-0 win over Shelbourne at Tolka Park. However, with Shelbourne playing a match the night before the friendly, they fielded youth players against Mick McCarthy’s side, who cruised to victory in Ireland.
The Tractor Boys will be relishing this match against West Ham, with McCarthy having a chance to see how his side fair against a Premier League side who will field a strong 11. William Hill price them at 2/1 (3.00) to win, with the draw priced at 9/4 (3.25).
With another tough away fixture lined up for the Hammers, expect it be tricky for them to get their first win on the board. Ipswich outright at 2/1 (3.00) is certainly worth investing in, with Mick McCarthy taking pre-season matches extremely seriously and unlikely to make unnecessary changes. The Tractor Boys haven’t been beaten in their last nine friendlies, with eight of those matches seeing Ipswich win.
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