Fulham v West Ham Premier League betting preview and tips

18:30 Sat 15 Dec
Football
England
Premier League
Tip: West Ham 0
Units: 1/5
Odds: -116

Fulham are showing signs of life under Claudio Ranieri. The Italian began with a 3-2 win over Southampton, while the Cottagers acquitted themselves well when losing 2-0 at Chelsea before landing a 1-1 draw against Ranieri’s former club Leicester.

It is clear that the new manager is making Fulham harder to score against after being defensively porous under Slavisa Jokanovic and it’s clear that the London side have a decent chance of staying in the top flight this season.

However, they might come off second best in this derby clash against a West Ham side who can boast better attacking players even if they are still without Marko Arnautovic.

The Austrian is likely to be sidelined for this encounter, although Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez provide attacking options and the latter recently came off the bench to score twice against Cardiff City.

Robert Snodgrass is enjoying a renaissance under Manuel Pellegrini and there’s even the re-emergence of Andy Carroll who provides an extra attacking option and a Plan B.

We think the best way to play this game could be backing the Hammers at 0 on the Asian Handicap. It means that we’re essentially backing them to win the game but will get the insurance of money back should the game end all square.

A recent 3-0 win at Newcastle suggests that the Hammers can get the job done on the road and Felipe Anderson is regularly a thorn in the side to opposition defences, with the Brazilian looking like £40 million well spent.

BETTING TIP
West Ham 0 @ 1.86 with bet365

Team News

Fulham: 4-2-3-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
West Ham: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 25
    Sergio Rico
  • 23
    Joe Bryan
  • 13
    Tim Ream
  • 26
    Alfie Mawson
  • 04
    Denis Odoi
  • 24
    Jean Michael Seri
  • 05
    Calum Chambers
  • 14
    Andre Schürrle
  • 10
    Tom Cairney
  • 47
    Aboubakar Kamara
  • 09
    Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 01
    Lukasz Fabianski
  • 05
    Pablo Zabaleta
  • 04
    Fabian Balbuena
  • 23
    Issa Diop
  • 26
    Arthur Masuaku
  • 11
    Robert Snodgrass
  • 41
    Declan Rice
  • 16
    Mark Noble
  • 30
    Michail Antonio
  • 17
    Javier Hernandez
  • 08
    Felipe Anderson

Premier League

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Liverpool 34 26 7 1 77:20 85
2 Manchester City 33 27 2 4 86:22 83
3 Tottenham 33 22 1 10 64:34 67
4 Arsenal 33 20 6 7 66:40 66
5 Chelsea 34 20 6 8 57:36 66
6 Manchester Unit 33 19 7 7 63:44 64
7 Leicester 34 14 5 15 46:45 47
8 Wolverhampton W 33 13 8 12 41:42 47
9 Everton 34 13 7 14 46:44 46
10 Watford 33 13 7 13 47:48 46
11 West Ham 34 12 6 16 42:52 42
12 Bournemouth 34 12 5 17 49:61 41
13 Crystal Palace 34 11 6 17 40:46 39
14 Burnley 34 11 6 17 42:60 39
15 Newcastle Unite 34 10 8 16 32:43 38
16 Southampton 33 9 9 15 39:54 36
17 Brighton 33 9 6 18 32:53 33
18 Cardiff 34 9 4 21 30:63 31
19 Fulham 34 5 5 24 32:76 20
20 Huddersfield 34 3 5 26 19:67 14