One of the more intriguing fixtures among Saturday's football lineup is West Ham vs Middlesbrough. Both teams are currently in the relegation battle, and although at this stage it's hard to say which of them might still be in that battle come the end of the season, this match could turn out to be crucial.
West Ham have had a very strange start to the new term. Last time round they were a solid and seriously impressive side, finishing seventh in the league and reaching the qualifying round of the Europa League. This season they are six games in with just one win and three points to their credit, coming in a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth.
The Hammers have conceded fourteen goals in that time, including four in half an hour against West Bromwich Albion. Manager Slaven Bilic and club Chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have all vowed to turn things around, but Middlesbrough have been impressive at times even if the results haven't always gone their way, and they must surely fancy their chances here.
The best place to back the visitors is at 888Sport, who are offering a decent 13/5.
West Ham definitely have a defensive problem, but there's no denying there is quality in their squad. They spent £50 million in the transfer window, and they still have the likes of the awesome Dmitri Payet to call on. Middlesbrough have looked good in their games so far, but at the end of them they have only managed to seal the win on one occasion.
If West Ham are going to start turning their season around this might be the time to do it, and the best place to back them is at StanJames, who are offering a reasonable 6/5.
All in all, though, our hunch if that the Hammers' collapse will continue. We think Middlebrough will win this but both teams will score, and the best place we've found to back that is at Coral, at a very tempting 6/1.