West Ham expected to move in 2015

WEST HAM have been named as the preferred bidders to take over the Olympic Stadium in east London, although it is unlikely the venue will be ready to reopen before August 2015.

Hills are betting on when the Hammers first play a competitive match at the Olympic Stadium and 2015 is the 5-4 favourite followed by 2016 at 5-2. It’s 10-1 for West Ham to first host a game before the end of 2014 and a date of 2018 or later is just 2-1 with many hurdles still to overcome before the athletics venue is ready for football.

Punters can get 5-6 that West Ham play a Uefa European match in Stratford within five years of moving out of Upton Park and the same price not to mix it with Europe’s strongest teams, while current boss Sam Allardyce is 11-10 not to be manager by the time United first play a competitive match at the Olympic Stadium.

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Verona v Lazio

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Both teams have scored in each of the last six meetings
Expert verdict
If history is a reliable guide this will be spectacular with eight of the last ten meetings featuring over 3.5 goals and the last six have produced a truly whopping 37 with over 4.5 collecting five times. Verona’s 6-2 loss at Napoli on Sunday illustrated their strengths and weaknesses and both teams should notch.

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