West Ham United v Spurs: Can We Hammer the Hammers?

west ham unitedGiven Spurs’ patchy form, it’s maybe not the best time to be facing a top five side and the fact that we are away to West Ham means that Sunday’s fixture is tricky for two reasons. Firstly, they are in good touch right now and secondly, for some of us, this is the one fixture that we really don’t want to lose.

We mean that in all seriousness: It’s referred to as their cup final and some would rather shed points in the North London derby. Anyway, let’s attempt to leave bitter rivalries aside and see what we might expect from Sunday’s Noon kick off.

Team News

There appears to be no new issues following Thursday’s 4-1 win over Wolfsberger. Some key players were rested while the substitutions that were made looked to be down to precautions rather than anything else. Sergio Reguilon and Serge Aurier were scheduled to be available for that game but neither were involved so they could both be in the mix on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Giovani Lo Celso’s scheduled return date now looks to be March 6th against Crystal Palace. We’ll see how that develops but Sunday’s squad against West Ham is close to full strength.

Match Odds

There are odds against figures on all three possible outcomes but West Ham have the better form and the higher league position so the Hammers will start as favourites. The hosts are available at 19/11 with VBet to claim all three points while victory for Spurs is quoted at 9/5 with Unibet. Completing the result market is the draw which can be backed at 12/5 with BetFred.

There’s the potential for neutrals to claim some good value and a share of the points will be a popular pick. We may settle for that but with Kane and Son both fully fit and starting up front, we have the capacity to snatch the win. The issue this time is that the Hammers have performed so well but two losses and a draw away to Fulham in their last five may offer more hope.

Side Markets

Harry Kane has competition from the opposition but he remains favourite to open the scoring on Sunday. Our main striker is on offer at best odds of 22/5 with Unibet while West Ham’s Michail Antonio is next at a top price of 11/2 with Betway and VBet.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Son Heung-Min follows at a best of 6/1 with Unibet while both Gareth Bale and Andriy Yarmolenko can both be claimed at a top price of 8/1 with Unibet again. Other options from a Tottenham perspective include Dele Alli at 11/1 with 10Bet, Lucas Moura at 12/1 with Betway, Erik Lamela at 14/1 with GentingBet and Tanguy Ndombele at 20/1 with BetFred.

Neutrals will expect plenty of goals whenever Tottenham and West Ham meet and that’s often been the case in the past. Based on that brief statistic, Both Teams to Score doesn’t look too bad for Sunday’s game at odds of 4/5 with RedZone and SportNation.

The Overs and Unders lines in Total Goals could also be interesting with Over 2.5 just creeping above Even Money. Novibet are quoting 101/100 and it’s rare to see this bet at odds against figures. Alternatively, you could push to Over 3.5 which is available at 8/3 with VBet.

That just leaves us with a correct score suggestion and anyone with an optimistic viewpoint can look at a 2-1 win to Spurs at 9/1 with 10Bet. The same scoreline in favour of the hosts is on offer at 9/1 with BetFred while a 1-1 draw carries the shortest price in this market of 11/2 with 888Sport.

Last Season

Last season’s visit to the London Stadium was a productive one as we came away with all three points. 3-2 was the final scoreline although, having been 3-0 up by the 49th minute, it should have been a far more comfortable 90 minutes.

Son Heung-Min opened the scoring and Lucas Moura doubled our advantage before half time. Harry Kane made it three before Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna gave the scoreline some respectability from the Hammers’ point of view.

While we keep slipping up to David Moyes’ team, our overall record is a good one and it’s all about the next game. West Ham’s position, on the cusp of the Champions League places, is the big issue here.

Verdict

tottenhamOf course we can win it but it needs the starting XI to be on their game and, while there won’t be too much read into Thursday’s 4-1 win in Hungary, it does underline an issue. When Sonny went off at half time, there was no real urgency or cutting edge up front. That’s an obvious statement when you look at our goal return and see that those Son and Kane have scored 26 of the 36 goals that we’ve managed in the Premier League to date.

Gareth Bale and Dele Alli behind the front two would be nice to see but that seems like too much to hope for. We can snatch it of course but we’ll just leave you with the side bet suggestions.

They will look very familiar as we come to these quite often: Sonny to open the scoring looks a good option and he notched his 18th goal in all competitions on Thursday night. It was the first strike of the night too so we’ll back him for the first goal on Sunday, rather than take the relative safety of the anytime market.

Both Teams to Score must start coming in with more regularity soon while Over 3.5 goals is generally a banker when these sides meet. High scoring affairs don’t always follow this fixture around but we’ll look for plenty of goals on Sunday and hope that Spurs get the majority of them.

Best Bets

  • Over 3.5 goals at 8/3 with VBet
  • Son Heung-Min to score the first goal at 6/1 with Unibet
  • Both Teams to Score at 4/5 with RedZone

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