No win in four and the Seagulls are out to 14/1 for promotion after Tuesday’s loss to title-chasing Reading, who are even money for the Championship and 1/14 for promotion after a frustrating night for home fans at the Amex.
Next up for Brighton is a trip to Upton Park on Saturday to meet a Hammers side whose own title hopes look to have disappeared, although they remain 5/4 at BetVictor to be promoted.
The reason for the Irons poor run of form is obvious; it is seven games and over two months since they won in front of their home supporters and the Seagulls will know that the anxious natives will get even more restless if they fail to score early.
West Ham are 8/11 (top price but surely too short) for a game that neither can afford to lose with Brighton 21/5 and the draw at 27/10; Carlton Cole is 9/2 to grab the opener with Ashley Barnes 10s. With two home games to come (Watford and Birmingham) and Barnsley at Oakwell on the last day it is possible that a draw will do the Seagulls but one thing is for sure it will not do West Ham. Who knows perhaps Saturday’s game is a forerunner to the Play-off final at Wembley?
To be promoted from the Championship:
West Ham 13/10
Leicester C 10/1
It is FA Cup semi-final weekend and we just favour Spurs at 8/5 over Chelsea at 9/5 in Sunday’s second FA Cup semi-final with the draw at 23/10; that said neither side could be described as coming into the game in top form after disappointing results on Monday and Chelsea have the small matter of Barcelona on Wednesday night at the Bridge in the 1st leg of the Champions League semi-final.
Ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside Derby we make Chelsea and Spurs 5/2 favourites for the Cup with Liverpool 11/4 and Everton 3s.
Last year we broke new ground and were the only bookmaker offering ¼ odds first 6 on the Grand National (4.15) and the favourite The Midnight Club finished sixth and it cost us a small fortune.
Well the brains trust (a small select group, believe me) at BetVictor have decided on a similar offer this year and once again we are ¼ odds first 6 on the world’s greatest horserace from the 48-hour declaration stage on Thursday and as well as going to betvictor.com you can bet via your mobile; www.betvictor.mobi