Well, back to back 1-0 wins for West Ham in their Europa League campaign doesn’t exactly scream convincing from Slaven Bilic’s men. They aren’t going to get much further until they buck up. It’s fair to say that they haven’t been anywhere convincing so far against low ranked opposition in Lusitanos and now Birkirkara.
They were nearly embarrassed at Upton Park last week in being held to a 0-0 draw by Maltese side Birkirkara in east London. That was on the cards until James Tomkins saved their blushes by bundling home in the 90th minute for a 1-0 win.
Pretty shoddy stuff considering West Ham took 75% of possession in the game, but they don’t look sharp up front at all. Now because of how much hard work they made of the first leg, they have to play a stronger side than they would have liked out in Malta on Thursday.
Birkirkara aren’t a threat at all as they didn’t muster up anything in front of goal in the first leg and won’t back at home.
Football Betting Offers – The Hammers have won all three previous Europa League ties this season with a clean sheet and are probably worth backing to bundle through by winning to nil for 6/5 at Bet365, who offer 0-0 bore draw insurance on pre-match correct score, scorecast and half time/full time bets.