They are one of the most historic clubs in England and as any West Ham fan will tell you, they provided the spine of the English team that won the World Cup in 1966. In recent years, they have flirted between the Premier League and the Championship but are currently in the elite division and intend to stay there for some time.
Any EPL team that is picked up by the live TV broadcasters is likely to find itself subject to enhanced odds offers from around the sportsbooks so what do we know about West Ham United and what can we expect in terms of price boosts?
West Ham were originally formed in 1895 and at that point were known as Thames Ironworks after the local Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company. Five years later they reformed as West Ham United.
In 1919 they joined the old second division and four years later the club was involved in one of the most famous football matches of all time. The very first FA Cup Final to be held at Wembley Stadium came along in 1923 and tens of thousands poured on to the pitch delaying the start. We have probably all seen iconic film footage of that game but it didn’t finish well for West Ham as they went down to Bolton Wanderers by two goals to nil.
By that time the club were up to division one but were relegated in 1932. A subdued period followed until West Ham were promoted again in 1958 and new manager Ron Greenwood led them to some glory years from then on.
West Ham are known for their entertaining style of play and are a strong cup side. Currently, they are embarking on a new era having left their old Upton Park ground, moving into London Stadium and fans naturally hope this will be a productive time.
West Ham United’s strongest period undoubtedly came in the 1960’s when they won a host of domestic trophies. The club have never actually won the top flight division in England but a run of success started when they claimed the FA Cup in 1964. The following season saw further success in Europe when the Hammers claimed the European Cup Winners Cup by beating 1860 Munich in the final at Wembley.
At that point, West Ham had formed a team that included the great Bobby Moore, plus Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters – three men who would be pivotal as England won the 1966 World Cup. The Hammers would win more trophies and have since claimed the FA Cup in 1975 and 1980 but the mid-1960’s were certainly a Golden Period for all involved.
Here is West Ham’s record in major competitions over the course of the last few domestic seasons.
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West Ham have something of a reputation as a cup side and that is reflected to an extent in those results. They tend to be mid table in the league but are always a likely option for a cup run and the further they go, the more chance they have of getting in front of the TV cameras.
And, wherever those TV cameras are, the enhanced odds offers will follow so we will look to bring you the best of these as and when they arrive.
Andy Carroll is West Ham’s best striker but the problem for the former England man is a catalogue of injuries that have plagued his time in East London. When he is fit, Carroll is the most important player in the team and we may well see some price boosts and enhanced odds promos focusing on him when he makes the starting XI.
The Hammers signed Javier Hernandez at the start of the 2017/18 campaign and the former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward has a reasonable record of four goals from his first ten Premier League games.
West Ham aren’t short of striking options but questions remain at the back where Joe Hart is in goal. Currently on loan from Manchester City, Hart continues to make a number of high profile errors between the posts.
Overall, it’s an entertaining squad but how far can this West Ham side go? We’ll see how they progress and at the same time we’ll bring you the best of the price boosts as they drop in.