AFC Wimbledon v West Ham Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 26/01/19

AFC Wimbledon v West Ham Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews AFC Wimbledon v West Ham and provides us with his best bets for Saturday night’s televised FA Cup clash by analysing team news, potential line ups, head to head, key stats, facts and more.

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AFC Wimbledon v West Ham Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 26/01/19
  • Time: 19:45pm
  • Venue: Kingsmeadow
  • Channel: BT Sport

These two meet for the second time this season after the pair played out a carabao cup tie earlier this term. That game ended 3-1 to the Hammers and with the form Wimbledon are currently in it would not be surprising to see a similar scoreline in the FA cup.

Walley Downes has failed to have a significant impact at Kingsmeadow after the departure of Neil Ardley. They currently sit bottom of league 1 with 23 points from 29 games; they’re in danger of getting cut adrift. They’ll be hoping that this competition could be a welcome distraction, it’s going to be a mighty test against premier league opposition though.

Manuel Pelligrini is likely to shake up his team here but this should be a tournament that West Ham fans should be demanding a serious tilt at. There’s been speculation over the future of all West Ham’s strikers, Valencia are keen on Chicarito, Lucas Perez has been rumoured to want to return to Spain. Marko Arnautovic has been the subject of interest from China and Andy Carroll has been linked with various clubs.

Given that uncertainty the Hammers may opt to start youngster Xande Silva up front for this one. The East end boys have a trip to Molineux on the horizon and are likely to rest key players for that. Silva could get the nod along with Grady Diangrana and Robert Snodgrass.

Team News

West Ham remain without Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez, Winston Reid, Andrey Yarmelenko And Fabian Balbuena. Ryan Fredericks and Manuel Lanzini are unlikely to feature.

Wimbledon will have to do without James Hanson, as well as Rod McDonald. Kwesi Appiah is unlikely to feature from the start too.

Potential Wimbledon XI: Ramsdale, Watson, Nightingale, Oshilaja, Garratt, Barcham, Pinnock, Wordsworth, Jervis, Wagstaff, Pigott.

Potential West Ham Starting XI: Adrian, Antonio, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Snodgrass, Rice, Obiang, Diangana, Hernandez, Silva.

Key Stats & Facts

  • The previous meeting between the pair ended 3-1 to West Ham.
  • 57 places separate the sides in the football pyramid.
  • This is the first time since their reformation that AFC Wimbledon have reached the fourth round.

Betting Odds

  • AFC Wimbledon – 8/1
  • Draw – 4/1
  • West Ham – 9/20

The Verdict

The aforementioned Silva signed from Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes and scored a hat-trick on his U23’s debut against Spurs. He’s big, but mobile and a strong finisher. Should he start he is overpriced at 6/1 (anytime) with Unibet. He’s as short as 8/5 elsewhere!

I do think the Hammers will have too much for this Wimbledon side in the end. With the Hammers unlikely to be involved in a relegation battle it has to be something they aim to go far in. They managed to overcome the -1 handicap last time these met and I could see them doing so again. Blacktype go 13/10 on West Ham off a -1.5 asian handicap, it’s the same bet as a normal -1 handicap but a better price. That looks an enticing quote and one I’m happy to get involved with.

I’m also recommending a play in the ‘time of last goal market’. We can back this to be from the 76th minute to full time at odds against with Betway. It landed in the Carabao Cup match and with fatigue likely to be a factor for Wimbledon I can see West Ham picking them off on the break.

Recommended Bets

  • West Ham -1.5 asian handicap – 13/10 (Blacktype)
  • Time of last goal – 76th minute to full time – 21/20 (Betway)
  • Xande Silva To Score anytime – 6/1 (Unibet)