WEST HAM UNITED V COVENTRY CITY
MONDAY JANUARY 2ND AT 3PM
AT BOLELYN GROUND, GREEN STREET, LONDON, E13 9AZ
Kick off at 3pm.
Club Coach leaves the Ricoh Arena at 10.30am and costs £19.
FROM THE NORTH
M1, M25 to jct 27 and onto M11 Southbound. Follow until it meets the North Circular (A406) and take this to A124 (East Ham), then on Barking Road for approximately 1.5 miles until you approach the traffic lights on cross-roads. Turn right into Green Street, ground is on the right hand side.
FROM THE EAST
Use A13 (signposted London) then at cross-roads turn right A117. In 0.9 miles at cross-roads turn left into Green Street for West Ham United FC.
FROM THE SOUTH
Use Blackwall Tunnel and A13 to Canning Town, then follow signs East Ham A124 in 1.7 miles turn left into Green Street for West Ham FC.
FROM THE WEST
Take North Circular (A406) to A124 (East Ham), then on Barking Road for approximately 1.5 miles until you approach traffic lights on cross-roads. Turn right into Green Street , ground is on your right hand side.
Upton Park is the closest Underground station to West Ham United FC - (The Boleyn Ground).
Upton Park Station is on the District (Green) line, in Zone 3 and journey times from Central London are approx 45mins.
When you exit the station turn right. The stadium is then a 2 minute walk (400yds) on your left hand side.
Bus routes 5, 15, 58, 115, 147, 58, 104, 330 and 376 serve The Boleyn Ground
Upton Park does not have a mainline railway station, however the following the stations can be used (with connections) to get to The Boleyn ground: Stratford Mainline Station, then take bus route 104 or Underground (Jubilee Line then change at West
Ham for District Line)
Barking Mainline Station then take bus route 5 or Underground (District) Line.
City fans cannot pay on the day for this game and all the 680 tickets in the allocation City asked for, have been sold. West Ham have left than one thousand tickets left.
THE LAST TIME
This is the 94th league and cup game between the two sides. City have won 26 of those matches and drawn 24 , scoring 101 goals compared to West Ham's 146.
The corresponding fixture on April 9th 2005 saw a 3-0 defeat for the Sky Blues. City battled well until the 75th minute when a Richard Shaw own goal put West Ham in front. Goals from Teddy Sheringham (87) and Bobby Zamora (90) wrapped up the win for the Hammers.
City team that day: Steele, Duffy, Hall, Shaw, Page, Doyle, Osbourne (Staunton 29), McSheffrey, Dyer, Goater (John 67), Adebola (Morrell 79) SNU Pressman, Benjamin.
The referee currently appointed to take charge of Coventry City's next game, the trip to West Ham United is Simon Hooper from Wiltshire.
Simon started refereeing aged 15 and was appointed to the National Referees List in 2008. He has had 16 games so far this season, showing 47 yellow cards and five red. This will be his sixth Championship appointement this term. His last game was Reading's 3-0 win over Brighton on Boxing Day.
He has only had one City game before and that was the home defeat to Cardiff City on March 16th 2010.
His assistants will be Carl Brook from East Sussex and John Magill from Essex. The fourth official will be Steve Rubery from Essex.
The games don’t get any easier for Coventry as they make the trip south to take on high flying West Ham at Upton Park. The Sky Blues have been suffering some terrible away day blues this season having gone without a win in all 11 of their fixtures away from home, managing just three draws along the way.
It will therefore come as no surprise that the hosts are heavy favourites to rack up three more points with a best price 2/5 available (Victor Chandler and Bet365) whilst West Ham -1 in the handicap betting market will also be of interest with odds of 11/10 available with Bet365. Coventry are a huge price 8/1 to pull off a shock but the best bet for those who fancy a decent performance from Andy Thorn’s men should look at the handicap betting market for more realistic value.
Recommended football betting tip: Over 2.5 Goals @ 17/20 – BET NOW
With the result looking like being a straightforward home victory we’ve returned to a favourite tip of ours and one that has come off plenty of times so far this season. West Ham’s home games this term average of 2.5 goals over the 11 matches and with the Sky Blues conceding an average of almost two goals a game on the road goals here look likely.