Premier League Betting: West Ham United v Fulham - Fan v Fan Preview


West Ham 2.35, the draw 3.4, Fulham 2.95

West Ham perspective: Graeme Howlett, Knees up Mother Brown

It's been a busy fortnight in the transfer market for Sam Allardyce and West Ham. In just ahead of last weekend's trip to Swansea was £10million-man Matt Jarvis, whilst England striker Andy Carroll became United's tenth signing of the summer on Thursday evening when signing on a season-long loan from Liverpool.

Both players are likely to start when the Irons take on Fulham at the Boleyn Ground this Saturday in what will be West Ham's second successive lunchtime kick-off. Manager Allardyce will be hoping for a much better performance from his team than last weekend's sojourn across the Severn when his side were well beaten - albeit courtesy of some horrendous individual errors.

Despite that defeat, with no fresh injuries to report this week the Hammers are set to field a similar XI to that which started at the Liberty Stadium - with the possible exception of new boy Carroll who may spearhead United's attack. Carroll - if selected - will replace Carlton Cole, who is yet to register this season.

With the transfer deadline still some hours away at time of writing there is however still time for that to change, although it is unlikely that any new arrivals will be registered in time to feature this weekend. One player who will almost certainly not be involved is Nicky Maynard, who should complete a move to Championship side Cardiff City ahead of the deadline.

Prediction: West Ham 1-0 Fulham

West Ham to win 1-0 at 8.50, under 1.5 goals at 3.35, Ricardo Vaz Te to score any time at 3.75

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Fulham perspective: Dan Crawford, HammyEnd

Back in July, Fulham fans were almost unanimous in their belief that should Martin Jol manage to cling onto Mousa Dembele and Clint Dempsey then the Whites, so often the top flight's quiet underachievers of late, might stand a chance of kicking on from mid-table or top half finishes.

Dembele's departure to Tottenham - which is likely to be followed by Dempsey's own exit today - and a meek capitulation at Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup made Tuesday a trying day, but there is a spring in the step of Fulham followers once again with the news that deals are close to being concluded for Dimitar Berbatov, Kieran Richardson and two other unnamed targets.

Jol's suggestion that the window should shut before the start of the season is sensible but on the pitch his reshaped side have been excellent so far - Hillsborough aside. Both John Arne Riise and Bryan Ruiz should return to the starting line-up at the Boleyn Ground, where the Whites have won just twice in twelve years, although Mladen Petric - outstanding since his summer arrival from Hamburg - remains a doubt.

Both Brede Hangeland and Aaron Hughes will need to be on their guard in the opposite penalty area to prevent Andy Carroll from marking his Hammers' debut with a trademark header.

Prediction: West Ham 1 Fulham 1

1-1 draw at 6.5, under 2.5 goals at 1.8, draw at half-time 2.15

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