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Nic Ladds 28th Jan 2009 - 12:11

Zola can always rely on his Noble steed

Gianfranco Zola seems to have instilled a new found confidence in West Ham and they having won their last three at home are 3/4 in the betting to do so again.

While Zola can be seen smiling contently on the sidelines Phil Brown is beginning to look a desperate man and odds of 19/5 about his Hull side winning reflect their chances with the draw at 5/2 in the betting.

The Tigers have lost their last five Premier League game which is not the kind of form you want to be bringing to the intimidating Upton Park.

Goals have not been flowing as they once were for Hull and the home side to keep a clean sheet at even money looks appealing especially as Zola seems to have tightened up The Hammers defence.

While the London side manage a clean sheet it is unlikely the away side are unlikely to be so miserly. Correct scores of 2-0 at 11/2 and 3-0 at 12/1 to The Hammers look about right.

If you think Hull can get back some of that goal scoring form then perhaps a 3-2 thriller in Hull's favour may tempt you at 33/1 while a 1-0 steal to The Tigers is available at odds of 9/1 with a 1-1 draw at 11/2.

While West Ham have lost arguably their best player in Craig Bellamy is it may actually be a blessing thanks to Bellamy's less than cooperative attitude.

Carlton Cole has found the back of the net in five of his last six games and is 9/2 to do so first with new signing Savio Nsereko available at odds of 11/2.

He was correctly picked out last week to score anytime and there is no reason why Mark Noble can't continue his excellent form with another goal tonight. Noble is 7/2 in the betting to score anytime and 10/1 to bag the first goal.

Hull have received a massive boost by capturing Jimmy Bullard who is sure to quickly make himself a fan's favourite. He seems to boost moral in any team he is involved in and cannot be ruled out at 6/1 to score anytime or 16/1 in the betting to get the first goal.

We should get a better look at Manucho who is on loan from Manchester United and he can be backed at odds of 9/1 to score first with Daniel Cousin at the same price.

Over two match goals at odds of 4/5 will be popular as it is worth noting Hull have not been involved in a goalless draw this season while West Ham's last four league matches have yielded an average of four goals.

The Hammers should take this game comfortably but West Ham halftime/fulltime looks a little short to be steaming into at 8/5 and a better bet could be draw halftime/West Ham full time at 10/3.

While Bullard should to an extent help rejuvenate the Hull players, Zola has his Hammers side well organised and looking capable of a European finish this season.

We said before Phil Brown is starting to look a desperate man and he may well be hitting the panic button after tonight.

Mark Noble to score anytime - 7/2

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