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Hammers worthy of favourites rank; FOOTBALL: Kevin Pullein thinks West Ham have more bite than Wolves.

Byline: Kevin Pullein

ONLY limited betting opportunities are available on the big match of the day, the televised Premier League relegation tussle between West Ham and Wolves.

Yesterday only Bet365 were quoting markets much beyond win/draw/lose and over/under goal lines - and Bet365, always a very good bookmaker, seem to be better than ever with their pricing this season.

It is particularly hard to catch them out. We can only scrutinise the bets that are offered.

West Ham and Wolves currently sit one and two places above the relegation line, with the visitors having accumulated just one point more than the hosts from 30 games.

Past experience suggests that fair odds about a Premier League game between teams of broadly similar ability would be 6-5 the home, 5-2 the draw and 11-4 the away.

Over the last six months, however, West Ham have recorded better results than tonight's adversaries, and this strengthens my belief that - for all their recent off-field turmoil - they are actually a better side than a still very admirable Wolves.

I would price tonight's contest 5-6 West Ham, 11-4 the draw and 17-4 Wolves.

The oddsmakers seem to agree, in broad outline at least, because you cannot get better than any of those prices.

Given the scores in the two teams' fixtures I would price over/under 2.5 goals very close to even money both sides, and, again, no bookmaker is offering better prices for either eventuality.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2010
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