Hammers worth a flutter at Newcastle
PUBLISHED: 13:57 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:57 22 August 2013
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West Ham were comprehensive winners against Cardiff on the opening day, and you could forgive manager Sam Allardyce a wry smile when he saw events at the Etihad Stadium unfolding on Monday night.
The Hammers will certainly have nothing to fear from Newcastle United on Saturday as the Hammers boss again returns to his former club. One time Irons boss Alan Pardew, however, is 2/1 favourite to be the first Premier League manager to lose/leave his post this season.
Newcastle are 5/4 favourites for the game with the draw 12/5 and the Hammers 5/2, but this might be a very good time to go play the Geordies with Jonas Gutierrez going off injured, Yohan Cabaye the subject of a bid from Arsenal and Steven Taylor banned after his red-card earlier in the week.
Kevin Nolan, who wore the Black and White stripes with pride during his time in the north-east, is 15/2 to grab the opening goal and 5/2 to score at any time against his former club. The Irons skipper scored the only goal in the corresponding game last season and a similar scenario is 55/1 at BetVictor.com.
Leyton Orient look proudly down on the rest of the League One sides after their fourth successive win, and third on the spin at Stevenage last weekend, when Kevin Lisbie scored the only goal of the game at the Lamex Stadium.
The O’s are still 20/1 for the title from an opening 33s and 5/1 to be promoted, but only 9/4 to finish the season in the top six and thus be guaranteed a place in the play-offs at worse.
Lisbie is still 33/1 to be the top scorer in the division, despite his fast start, which he described as his best ever earlier in the week, and, if he can be kept off the treatment table, he is going to be a threat to all.
Crewe are the visitor’s to the Matchroom Stadium this weekend and the O’s are 8/11 to pick up another maximum with Alex 19/5 and the draw at 14/5.
Dagenham & Redbridge picked up a good point at Glanford Park last weekend courtesy of Luke Howell’s late equaliser, although the Iron will be rueing the missed penalty at 1-0 which would have made the points safe for Scunthorpe.
Newcomers Newport County are the visitors at the weekend and the Welsh side sit in seventh place as a result of two home wins, although they lost 3-1 at Northampton four days after causing a shock when beating Championship side Brighton at the Amex in the Capital One Cup.
Daggers are 7/4 to make it six points out of six in front of their home supporters, with the Exiles, surprisingly, 31/20 favourites and the draw at 12/5. Daggers remain 4/1 for the drop and 33/1 for promotion
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