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Tottenham Hotspur V West Ham United
Sunday 22nd November. 4PM. Sky Sports 1
The first weekend of action after the international break serves up just one Premier League fixture, but it’s set to be an absolute cracker as Tottenham take on West Ham at White Hart Lane.
Both clubs have enjoyed impressive starts to the season and, when you throw in the derby element into the mix, it all makes for one mouth-watering contest. Judging by their respective styles, we can’t see it failing to deliver.
Bring it on!
Tottenham To Continue Fine Form?
After suffering an opening day loss at Manchester United, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been exceptional. Their incredible form was underlined by a fantastic performance in the 1-1 draw at the Emirates prior to the international break and they’ll be extremely confident against another London rival here.
Spurs have won three and drawn three at White Hart Lane, scoring 10 and conceding just four in the process. Meanwhile, Harry Kane looks to be back amongst the goals whilst summer signing Heung Min-Son is back from injury too. With new England duo Dele Alli and Eric Dier in good spirits too, there’s every reason for the home side to be confident.
The hosts do still face a long list of absentees, including Moussa Dembele and Nacer Chadli amongst the most noticeable. Meanwhile, they’ve failed to win in three head-to-head matches on home soil.
Nevertheless, Pochettino’s side will be the favourites. If they play like they did before the international break, they’ve got a great chance of securing the win.
Bilic Boys Out For Another Upset
However, Slaven Bilic’s side have been one of the surprise packages of the campaign so far, and that’s largely thanks to their incredible record on the road. The travelling Hammers have been particularly happy after wins at the Emirates, Etihad and Anfield, but nothing would taste sweeter than a win against Tottenham.
The visitors sit level on points with Tottenham too. A win would move them into the European qualification places, and Bilic certainly has a few weapons in his arsenal. The likes of Andy Carrol, Diafra Sakho and Victor Moses are all capable of finding the target whilst the Hammers backline has looked pretty strong too.
Nonetheless, there is no doubt that the absence of Dimitri Payet will impact West Ham’s performance. They were also very poor against Watford in their most recent away game while they also failed to win either of last season’s matches.
On their day, though, the Hammers are more than capable. Whatever happens, it should be a thrilling encounter.
Tottenham Hotspur V West Ham United Betting
Given their recent run of form, it comes as no surprise to find out that Tottenham are the odds-on favourites. Bet365 have priced Spurs at 4/7 while the visitors can be backed at 11/2. The draw is available at 16/5.
West Ham have enjoyed a brilliant start, but it cannot last forever. Unfortunately, the injury to Payet could well signal the start of their decline. They’ll just be relieved that things don’t look as bad as they once did.
Tottenham are in such good form that an early advantage would almost certainly set them on the road to success. We’re backing them to win, and win well.[quote_center]Tottenham Hotspur -1 handicap @ 6/4 with SkyBet[/quote_center]
Without Payet, the Hammers are missing their biggest creative threat. But Spurs have still got theirs in the form of Christian Eriksen. We think the Dane could a very influential role.
Will he score? Will he assist? Either way, at 7/1, he is a great shout for Man of the Match. And that’s our outside tip for Sunday’s showdown.[quote_center]Christian Eriksen to be named Man of the Match @ 7/1 with Betfred[/quote_center]