Hernandez can lift the Hammers gloom


Javier Hernandez can ease the pressure on beleaguered West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic by finding the net against Huddersfield Town on Monday.

The Mexican striker, signed to great fanfare in the summer, is 7/2 to score the first goal against the Terriers, in what will be West Ham’s first home match of the campaign.

Despite being praised for signing Hernandez, Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Marko Arnautovic in the summer, the knives are now out for Bilic, who has seen his side crumble to three losses on the road – 4-0 at Manchester United, 3-2 to Southampton and, most worryingly of all, 3-0 at Newcastle a fortnight ago.

It has been said that West Ham have no discernible style of play and that Bilic is not getting the best out of what on paper is a top-ten squad. However, if they click, which they could do against David Wagner’s side, the pressure on the Croatian will lift. West Ham are 20/21 to win Monday’s match and 31/4 to edge it 2-1.

Huddersfield have started their campaign superbly, thrashing Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park on the opening weekend and backing up that result by beating Newcastle 1-0 and drawing 0-0 with Southampton.

They have still to concede a goal in the top-flight and are available at 3/1 to keep a fourth clean sheet in a row on Monday, while they are 12/5 to draw against the Hammers in what will be the first league meeting between the two clubs since March 1972.

There could be plenty of goals in the clash so both teams to score and there to be over 2.5 goals in the match at odds of 27/20 should be taken up.

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