Bilic’s Boys to Hammer Home Their Superiority

West Ham are still fighting for a place in European Competition next season.

West Ham are still fighting for a place in European Competition next season.

Swansea has outperformed West Ham against only one of the other 18 English Premier League teams and, therefore, the Swans are worth opposing at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

That is one of the beauties of one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis – it highlights when the ladder is flattering to sides. Swansea is 13th in the English Premier League, well clear of the dreaded drop zone. But Swansea has outperformed West Ham versus just Tottenham, with the Swans trailing the Hammers 1-6-12 according to one’s English Premier League collateral form figures, which is one of the reasons why one is very keen on Slaven Bilic’s home team.

Another reason that one wants to back West Ham is that the Hammers still have something tangible for which to play and Swansea is going through the motions. Qualification for one of UEFA’s club competitions is a possibility for West Ham and what better way for the Hammers to christen the Olympic Stadium than to stage either a UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League match. West Ham is odds on to finish in the English Premier League top six and a top-four placing is not out of the question if results go its way – the Hammers have to host Manchester United and visit Stoke so they pose a genuine threat to the two sides from the cotton city.

West Ham is 8-7-2 at home in the English Premier League and two of Swansea’s three away victories in the division have been at the expense of two of the worst home performers – Aston Villa and Everton. Marathonbet is offering odds of -172   about West Ham beating Swansea and that price is the most appealing one on the English Premier League coupon.

Crystal Palace players have English FA Cup final spots over which to fight and that, allied to one’s English Premier League collateral form and Stoke’s recent problems, leads one to pick the Eagles to take out Saturday’s game.

Two English Premier League matches is all that the Crystal Palace playing squad have left to convince Alan Pardew that they are worthy of starting against Manchester United in the English FA Cup final. Crystal Palace fought hard versus a desperate Newcastle team last time out and the Eagles would have earned an English Premier League point at St James’s Park had former Magpies midfielder Yohan Cabaye converted from the penalty spot. Stoke has accrued only two points from its last five English Premier League matches and they came at home to Sunderland and Swansea, form lines that are not strong. Crystal Palace enjoys a 12-0-7 English Premier League collateral form lead over Stoke, including a 2-1 away defeat of the Potters in December’s reverse fixture.

Marathonbet is quoting Crystal Palace at odds of +118  to get the better of Stoke and secure its English Premier League status, something that the Eagles should have done long ago.

One is heading back to Saturday’s game between West Ham and Swansea to nominate over two and a half goals in that match as the third best bet on the English Premier League card.

Twenty-one of West Ham’s 35 English Premier League games have gone over two and a half goals, including nine of its 17 home matches. Nineteen of Swansea’s 36 English Premier League games have gone over two and a half goals, including 12 of its 18 away matches. The biggest knock on one’s pick is that December’s reverse English Premier League between West Ham and Swansea was goalless but most of the numbers support taking a punt at odds of -106  with Marathonbet.

Finally, here are one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis results for each of this weekend’s 10 games. The asterisk signifies the head-to-head winner.

Norwich 3*-2-14 versus Manchester United
Aston Villa 6*-2-11 versus Newcastle
Bournemouth 11*-0-8 versus West Bromwich
Crystal Palace 12*-0-7 versus Stoke
Sunderland 4-2-13* versus Chelsea
West Ham 12*-6-1 versus Swansea
Leicester 12*-1-6 versus Everton
Tottenham 11*-3-5 versus Southampton
Liverpool 10-1-8* versus Watford
Manchester City 9-2-8* versus Arsenal

Tips Summary

West Ham to beat Swansea
Saturday 7th May, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -172

West Ham v Swansea – Over 2.5 Goals
Saturday 7th May, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -106

Crystal Palace to beat Stoke
Saturday 7th May, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +118