AFC Wimbledon v West Ham EFL Cup betting tips
West Ham United have not enjoyed a good start to the 2018/19 season. Losing against Liverpool and Arsenal is hardly a big surprise for a club of their standing, although a home reverse against Bournemouth means that the London side are propping up the Premier League table.
Manuel Pellegrini will be casting his mind ahead to a clash against Wolves before the international break, with points on the board imperative for a club whose fanbase is infamous for swiftly turning on the owners and players when the chips are down.
The team lining up at Kingsmeadow on Tuesday night will actually look pretty decent on paper, with Carlos Sanchez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Lucas Perez among those players likely to feature against League One opposition, although the side is likely to have a disjointed feel about it.
Do West Ham really care about this competition? Not especially, with Wimbledon licking their lips at the prospect of claiming a scalp and Neal Ardley’s side simply have nothing to lose against opponents who are lacking confidence at this early juncture in the season.
By rights, any team sent out by Pellegrini should overcome modest opponents, although the Dons are used to punching above their weight as they demonstrated by staying in the third tier last season despite having a budget significantly lower than the majority of their opponents.
It should also be noted that Wimbledon won 2-1 at Portsmouth in the last round of the competition and sometimes cup games offer welcome distractions to the bread and butter of league games, with West Ham having to acclimatise to conditions which are more akin to the non-league than Football League.
The bookmakers clearly aren’t certain that the Hammers will run out winners with their 4/5 quote about them winning and we’re happy to get with the home side on the Asian Handicap.
Wimbledon can be backed with a +1 start on the Asian Handicap which means money back if the away side win by a single goal, although a profit if the game is drawn or results in a home win.
AFC Wimbledon +1 @ 1.62 with bet365