Sports Betting: Hammers can flatten Saints

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WEST HAM should overwhelm struggling Southampton in their Premiership game at Upton Park tonight. The Hammers have run into some injury problems of late, but that did not stop their depleted squad from emerging with a point at Nottingham Forest last week and they should comfortably contain Southampton.

Tomorrow's Uefa Cup first round second leg between Blackburn and Lyons may end in a draw. Lyons, who confirmed their well-being with a 0-0 draw at Nancy on Saturday, are 1-0 up from the first leg and do not need to win this game to go through. They are fancied to contain Blackburn, who will soon be forced to chase the game and may end up conceding as many goals as they score.

Liverpool are a different class to Kosice but, 3-0 up from the first leg, the Reds are unlikely to give themselves too strenuous an evening at Anfield. Anyone who saw the first leg will agree that it is hard to see Kosice scoring, let alone winning the match, but a draw might represent a bit of value.

Bayern Munich can expose Manchester United's legion defensive frailties in Wednesday's Champions' League tie in Munich. The German outfit, who won 1-0 at Werder Bremen on Saturday, have made an excellent start to their Bundesliga campaign and, although they lack the potency of Barcelona or Arsenal going forward, it is still fair bet that they will give United's defence a much harder time that Liverpool were able to last Thursday. With Ryan Giggs and David Beckham providing world-class width and Dwight Yorke finally giving that pair something worthwhile to aim at in the centre, United can be awesome going forward. But, with Roy Keane subdued since returning from injury and Paul Scholes all too often ineffective, Alex Ferguson's side looks less the finished article than it did two seasons ago.

Arsenal, disappointing against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, might find the decision to play at Wembley gives their game against useful Greek side Panathinaikos a neutral feel and it would be no surprise to see their Champions' League game end in a draw. Panathinaikos went into second place in the Greek league with a 2-1 victory over Ionikos on Saturday and will be no pushover for the Gunners.

C H L S T

West Ham 4-7 4-7 4-7 8-15 4-7

Draw 12-5 12-5 12-5 12-5 12-5

Southampton 9-2 9-2 9-2 5-1 9-2

Lyons 4-6 8-13 8-13 - 4-6

Draw 9-4 5-2 5-2 - 9-4

Blackburn 7-2 7-2 7-2 - 7-2

Liverpool 1-5 1-5 1-6 - 1-5

Draw 9-2 4-1 9-2 - 9-2

Kosice 8-1 10-1 11-1 - 8-1

Bayern Munich evens 6-5 evens - evens

Draw 11-5 13-5 11-5 - 11-5

Man Utd 11-5 7-4 9-4 - 11-5

Arsenal 2-5 2-5 4-11 - 4-11

Draw 11-4 13-5 13-5 - 3-1

Panathinaikos 6-1 13-2 8-1 - 6-1

C Coral, H William Hill, L Ladbrokes, S Stanley, T Tote

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