Alan Curbishley has targeted a top-eight finish as a realistic goal for West Ham United this season.
A final position anywhere around mid-table, particularly in light of how the squad has had to show its strength this season, would be more than acceptable to the Boleyn Ground faithful. But what are the odds?
Our official online sports betting partner JAXX.com is offering 7/1 for a top-six finish (it is 1/20 against that happening), but a tempting 11-10 that the Hammers can secure a top-eight finish. It is 13/20 that the team do not finish in the top eight.
This week's break has given many of the squad time to heal. It will be interesting to see who plays up front against Liverpool on Wednesday night. Dean Ashton has recovered from a back injury, Carlton Cole, who scored a memorable goal at Manchester City, has looked more confident with an extended run and Craig Bellamy is close to a return.
After the midweek visit of the Reds, February could prove to be a defining month for the club, with away games at Wigan Athletic and Fulham, and a home meeting with Birmingham City. You can bet on how many points West Ham United will gain in the month. JAXX offer 2/1 that the Hammers record 0-3 points, 10/11 to tally 4-6 points and it is 13/5 to net a total of 7-9 points.
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