The stadium that staged the London Olympics in 2012 was not designed for football but West Ham were not going to look at a gift horse in the mouth. The financial arrangements are unclear but the side now play home matches at the famous arena. However, what the club gained in their bank account they lost in the priceless advantage of hosting matches at Upton Park. That loss could come home to roost when West Ham play Brighton at home tonight.
The Hammers are having another topsy turvy season with one catastrophic defeat followed by a good victory or decent draw. Slaven Bilic seems to be keeping his job as team manager by the skin of his teeth but survives. He may be under more pressure because BRIGHTON are good bets at 4/1 with William Hill to win this fixture even though they have not won in seven matches on the road. West Ham are vulnerable without the backup and support of a passionate home crowd.
In racing Gordon Elliott is the man of the moment after six winners at Punchestown yesterday. His main backers are Gigginstown, the racing enterprise owned by Michael O’Leary, the founder and boss of Ryanair. At least one of his operations is functioning effectively because the horses are performing on the track and many of them are trained by Elliott. He has a great chance of winning the Trainer’s Championship in Ireland for the first time.
I like the sound of a horse called Barman especially as the animal could win today at Wincanton (2.50pm). Trained by Paul Nicholls the horse won four times at the start of last season. There have been some poor efforts since but some of the of sparkle came back at Bangor 16 days ago. The horse is well treated on past form and BARMAN is the standout racing bet of the day so place your orders at 9/2 with Ladbrokes.