West Ham United is rarely mentioned with the elite clubs in the Premier League, but The Hammers have garnered respect from the English soccer critics over the last decade. Established more than 120 years ago, West Ham was a powerhouse in the early 1960s — winning an FA Cup in 1964. During England’s 1966 World Cup, many players on the championship-winning team were from West Ham, including defender Bobby Moore and midfielder Martin Peters.
West Ham went on to win two more FA Cups in 1975 and five years later in 1980. West Ham has never won a Division One/Premier League title. The closest they ever got was in 1985-86 when West Ham finished third overall. The Hammers have a longstanding rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur among several other London-based clubs. The rivalry has fuelled even further over the years after players such Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe and Scott Parker left West Ham to join Tottenham.
Vic Watson, who played for West Ham between 1920 and 1935, is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 326 goals — a record that may never be topped as no current players are even close to the milestone. Billy Bonds played 21 seasons for the Hammers and is the leader in all-time appearances with 799.
West Ham Betting Lines Today
Regardless if West Ham is at home or on the road, be sure to keep track of who their next opponent is and how they’ve fared against them before making your bets.
Use the next game widget, which has up-to-date live odds, as a guide to keep track of West Ham’s every move this season.
West Ham Scores & Schedule
West Ham United will be tested from the get-go when the 2016-17 kicks off. The Hammers are expected to easily finish in the top half of the league this year. But can they qualify for Europe?
West Ham Standings Right Now
Be sure to follow where West Ham and its next opponent sit in the standings before placing your bet each week.
West Ham most likely won’t be contending for a Premier League crown in 2016-17, but watch for The Hammers to be in the mix for a top-five finish if both Andy Carroll and Dimirti Payet can keep up their offensive production.
West Ham was a strong team on home soil last season — something to consider as we near the upcoming Premier League campaign.
How To Win At West Ham Betting
After a seventh-place finish in 2015-16, West Ham will look to build off a successful season under manager Slaven Bilic. The Hammers were tied for fourth in goals for last season with 65 — on Manchester City, Tottenham and champions Leicester City had more.
West Ham doesn’t have a designated elite scorer as proven during the 2015-16 campaign when no player reached double digits in goals. The Hammers were led by striker Andy Carroll and midfielder Dimitri Payet, who both netted nine goals apiece last season.
The addition of German-born Turkey forward Gokhan Tore should provide more offense for West Ham. The team signed the winger to a one-year loan from Turkish side Besikta, where he scored four goals and added six assists last season.
While not considered a threat to win the Premier League outright — Bet365.com has the Hammers at +8000 underdogs to capture the title — West Ham will be in the thick of things and may even contest for a top-five finish next season.
The online sportsbook also has West Ham pegged at +2000 to win the FA Cup and the same odds to capture the England EFL Cup.
By winning the Premier League Fair Play table last season, West Ham also qualified for the UEFA Europa Cup. According to SkyBet.com, the Hammers have a 33/1 chance of winning Europe’s second-tier club championship.
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