Best bets for VSiN's BetCast: Fulham-West Ham

By Nigel Seeley  ( 

It was a BetCast to remember for in-play bettors last week when Arsenal and Manchester United played out a 0-0 draw which landed listeners an incredible FIVE winning in-play wagers. We will be looking to do more of the same on Saturday in the VSiN EPL BetCast in the London derby between Fulham and West Ham at Craven Cottage, kick-off 12:30 p.m. ET.

This looks a nice match to commentate on, as tackles will be flying in, considering it's a local derby and both teams must go all-out for the win for very different reasons.


Fulham are languishing towards the bottom of the Premier League table with Scott Parker's side desperate for a win to try to survive with time running out on their mission to avoid relegation. 

The Cottagers have improved greatly since the beginning of the season, but their big problem in recent weeks is that Parker's side just aren't winning enough matches despite their performances.

Fulham are without a win in their last 13 matches and although they have drawn eight of those matches, it's very difficult to see them getting something against the Hammers. I have no confidence in the home side -- even at + 250 -- because they have the worst home record in the top flight with just ONE win on the banks of the River Thames (against the EPL’s worst side West Brom).

West Ham make the short trip across London in fantastic form and with fans dreaming of a place in next season's Champions League and many will see the visitors as one of the better bets in the EPL on this slate of fixtures at + 115, but I am not so sure.

David Moyes' side have now won seven of their last eight matches and have been victorious in their last four road matches, but -- and it's a big but -- they face Manchester United in a massive FA Cup fifth-round clash on Tuesday and I would expect the manager to rest a few key players for this match. Team news is vital before you place a wager, but currently I am leaning towards the visitors. You are best to wait until we approach kick-off before you make the play.

BetCast's always seem to go under 2.5 goals, but this one looks a tough one to call on the under/over market as West Ham's last five matches have all cashed on the overs and Fulham have failed to score in five of their last six home matches, managing to find the back of the net just once in that period. Another important plus for unders bettors is that the weather in London tomorrow is set to be freezing cold with a mixture of rain and snow at kick-off time.

This match is impossible to call until we see the team that West Ham start the match with just to access whether they are saving themselves for Tuesday and Manchester United, but I do have a slight lean for them at + 115. My advice is to join us at kick-off on the VSiN EPL BetCast to find out where I will be placing my wagers.

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