Brentford can cast aside their poor form by winning at West Ham | Football

Ivan Toney scored against Liverpool and can find the net at West Ham (Picture: Getty Images)

West Ham host Brentford in a crunch London derby on Monday, the first time the Hammers have stepped onto the London Stadium turf since their supporters staged a mass walkout while they were being battered 6-0 by Arsenal.

Fans headed for the exit in droves as the Gunners took a 4-0 half-time lead and the mood among the Cockney Boys was not lifted when their side suffered a 2-0 defeat at struggling Nottingham Forest.

The Irons have now lost their last three matches without scoring as they started that run with a meek performance in a 3-0 reversal at Manchester United and they are without a win in eight matches in 2024, including an FA Cup replay defeat to Championship Bristol City.

Pressure appeared to be growing on David Moyes, despite winning the Europa Conference League last season, but the board have offered the former Manchester United and Everton manager a new contract – perhaps recognising they have been culpable in the club’s current plight as they could have backed him with more funds in the transfer market after selling Declan Rice to Arsenal for a king’s ransom.

The Bees make the short trip across the capital seeking to shed their own poor form after losing four of their last five matches, including a 4-1 defeat on home soil to Premier League leaders Liverpool and a 1-0 reversal at reigning champions Manchester City.

The Hammers will benefit from the anticipated return of classy Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta but Brentford can build on a solid outing at the Etihad Stadium and Ivan Toney can improve his impressive run of four goals in six matches since returning from suspension by opening the scoring at 9/2 with bet365. He’s also worth following at 6/4 with the same firm to score at any time.

James Ward-Prowse was the last player in a claret and blue shirt to score at the London Stadium when he converted a second-half penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth and is 4/1 with Sky Bet to hit the net at any time but it may be a late consolation.

James Ward-Prowse can score against Brentford

James Ward-Prowse can score against Brentford (Picture: CameraSport via Getty Images)

Brentford are 37/20 with BetUK to win, a 2-1 away victory is 10/1 with William Hill so avoid catching a tube or a train at Stratford around 9pm as it could be rather busy.

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