Cardiff v West Ham Playoff Expected To Be High Scoring Affair

By Sam Darby on 03/05/2012 13:46

Cardiff take on West Ham live on Sky Sports on Thursday night in the first match of this season’s Championship Playoffs. West Ham are the favourites to return to the Premiership but the Playoffs can very much be a lottery and it will be interesting to see if league form holds up, here are the best bets for this match according to ValueChecker.

Escaping the away leg of your playoff game with a draw can often be a good result and that is exactly what the ValueChecker Value Bets are predicting for West Ham. The ValueChecker Value Bets are based on a statistical analysis of previous results and the draw appears to be the value here at the current odds of 3.30. ValueChecker has its own ideas about the price and actually thinks 2.22 is more like the correct price of the draw and as a result this bet has been assigned a value rating of 0.28 by ValueChecker.

As for the Cardiff ValueChecker wikis, they seem more likely to provide a game with over 2.5 goals than under 2.5 goals. Goals were the back bone of Cardiff City's 2010/11 campaign. Only a single 0-0 draw at home all season, whilst that scoreline did not feature at all whilst they were on the road. Don't let this lead you to going mad on the Overs Bet for the team though. Whilst 84.8% of games they played had 2 or more goals in, that rate drops to only 52% for Three or more, making the Over 2.5 Goals general odds about right.

It might be a good idea to contemplate in running bets on this game due to Cardiff’s ability to score late goals over the last couple of seasons. Only Norwich City scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of games in 2010/11 than Cardiff managed. Many of their points were gained during this period of games. All is not lost of things are still all square with quarter of an hour to go.

The West Ham ValueChecker wikis show that the away side here may struggle due to the pressure of playing in the big games judging by their record when they were last in the Premiership. They could not win a single game from their final ten in the Premier League in 2010/11 and it is notable that both home and away they were beaten in each and every match by the side occupying the four top spots at the end of the season.

The bet of over 2.5 goals is also backed up by the West Ham ValueChecker wikis, they did have a better than average record of being involved in games containing 3 or more goals last season. That was more down to their bad form and defeats than anything else and that stat should be taken too importantly. The best chance of the OVER 2.5 Goals bet coming in will be when West Ham are on the road, they kept only one clean sheet, against Tottenham, when on the road in 2010/11.

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