STAR PREVIEW: West Ham v Astra Giurgiu
[dropcap]E[/dropcap]uropa League action comes to the swanky new London Arena (AKA Olympic Stadium) tonight with the Hammers playing host to Astra Giurgiu in their play-off match which finished 1-1 after the first leg in Romania.
The away goal rule could be a big factor but West Ham boss Slaven Bilic said “We are not going to protect the away goal. It gives you an advantage but you cannot hang on for 90 minutes. We will play a normal game.”
West Ham had a depleted side for their Premier League debut in their new home but came through 1-0 winners against Bournemouth and are long odds-on to follow that up with another success tonight.
However, they still have many injury concerns. Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew, Aaron Cresswell, Sofiane Feghouli all remain injured and Dimitri Payet is likely to continue to be rested.
West Ham v Astra Giurgiu
UEFA Europa League Play-Off 2nd Leg
19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD / BT Sport 4K UHD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Aug 2016 EUROPA LEAGUE Astra Giurgiu 1-1 West Ham
Aug 2015 EUROPA LEAGUE Astra Giurgiu 2-1 West Ham
Jul 2015 EUROPA LEAGUE West Ham 2-2 Astra Giurgiu
West Ham are skinny on the win market and again I’ll have a go at over 3.5 match goals which is around 7/4 with Star Sports. The Star Sports special on the match (below) also looks tempting.
RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK OVER 3.5 GOALS for 12 points at 7/4 with Star Sports
PROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +35 points