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Luton v West Ham: Bowen and Alvarez star in 11/1 Bet Builder

Edson Alvarez: West Ham's new signing was carded in 17 of his 42 starts for Ajax last season
Edson Alvarez: Card magnet

Our football props column returned to the winners' circle on Thursday and it has a 11/112.00 shot for Friday night's Premier League game between Luton and West Ham.

Luton v West Ham
Friday 1 September, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event

It's still early days for trends but Jarrod Bowen certainly seems to have hit the ground running for West Ham this season.

The England international is near the top of the shots charts after just three games, having strucks 11 in his three games so far.

Leg 1: Back Jarrod Bowen to score

Perhaps still buzzing from scoring the winner in May's Europa Conference League final, he's netted in away games at Bournemouth and Brighton and now comes up against a defence which has already shipped seven goals in two games thus far.

In short, a price of 13/53.60 in the anytime scorer market looks tempting enough to put into our Bet Builder.

It should be pointed out that this will be Luton's first game at home following the completion of building work at Kenilworth Road so you can expect the atmosphere to be a tough one for the visitors.

With West Ham having had the least amount of possession so far this season, I did look at the shots markets for home players but it was a struggle to find any value.

Leg 2: Edson Alvarez to be shown a card

Instead, I'm going to use that home atmosphere angle to side with a card for Edson Alvarez, who will be the defensive-midfield shield, out to break up home attacks.

West Ham's new signing was something of a card magnet in the Netherlands - he received 17 in 42 starts for Ajax last season - and duly picked up one on his full debut for the Hammers last week.

Perhaps we've missed the boat here but I'm keen to side with Alvarez in this market for a few games as he adapts to life in the Premier League.

We've seen in the past how it can take high-carding foreigners to realise how they'll be treated in England - think Fabian Schar and Joao Palhinha.

Alvarez fits a similar mould and looks worth backing.

The double pays north of 11/112.00 - maybe one to use your free bet on!

Back Bowen to score & Alvarez to be shown a card @ 11/112.00

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