West Ham vs. Gent Betting Tips: Both teams to find the net on Thursday
West Ham's European dream remains alive having taken a 1-1 draw with Gent back to East London for Thursday's Europa Conference League quarter-final second leg.
Read on for our full betting thoughts and two recommended selections...
Despite only mustering four attempts over in Belgium, West Ham shared the spoils with Gent in last week. The Hammers will also be riding high going into this second leg having earned a well fought draw from 2-0 down against league leaders Arsenal last Sunday.
Fourth placed Gent are winless in their last three, but are enjoying a nine-game unbeaten streak across all competitions - a run they hope to continue while knocking out West Ham to a UECL semi-final.
If betting on the match result market for this game, West Ham are the 4/6 favourites. The draw is priced at 16/5, while Gent may appeal to some around the 19/4 shot with bet365 and other betting sites.
West Ham vs Gent Tips
The Hammers remain unbeaten in their last three fixtures which can only be a confidence booster for Thursday's second leg.
Stepping out in front of a packed home crowd with everything still to play for is likely to give David Moyes' side a much stronger foothold in this game than they exhibited in the first meeting.
WHU haven't exactly been an obvious BTTS selection this season, but that has changed recently at home. The bet has landed in four of their last six, and has come against strong opposition too: Chelsea, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Arsenal.
Six of Gent's previous eight matches have seen both teams score, with three of those fixtures coming on the road. It's also worth mentioning that BTTS has been successful in Gent's last three Europa Conference League matches, including the first leg with United.
Having scored in 13 of their 17 Belgian Pro League away matches and facing a West Ham side who have failed to keep a clean sheet in 11/16 of their Premier League home games - shipping 21 goals - De Buffalo's will fancy their chances of finding the net once again.
Adding two further angles to the main bet boosts us up to a 9/2 courtesy of Paddy Power's #WhatOddsPaddy Featured prices.
It's a bet which would have proven successful in last week's first leg as Gent struck eight corners to West Ham's four, and Gent racked up two cards to West Ham's three.
On the corner front this season, West Ham have registered three or more on 13 of a possible 16 occasions at the London Stadium. Two of their three failed attempts happened to be against Manchester City and Tottenham.
Gent's last seven corner counts away from home: 6,5,3,1,8,13,6.
Gantoise have been successful with this line in every single one of their five UECL away fixtures this season (3,11,10,5,8).
The magnitude of these European second leg knockout ties cannot be understated. Of course there may be a bit of caginess to begin with, but sooner or later, inhibition must go out of the window and the tie should really open up for fouls and cards.