West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview
Back Tottenham to pile pressure on their title rivals with a win
West Ham United
It looks like the gamble to bring in ex-Hammers hero Slaven Bilic in the summer was a good one, with European football looking a real possibility for the East London side. They currently sit sixth in the league table, one point behind Manchester United and four off the Champions League places. The Hammers are experiencing some of their best form in recent seasons, and have only lost one of their last eight in all competitions.
They’ve also won three of their last four, including an emphatic 5-1 thrashing of Blackburn Rovers to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they’ll face Manchester United. The result brought their goal tally for their last six games to 12, and Bilic will be confident of his side finding the net against their local rivals. Bilic hasn’t seen his side lose at home since Bournemouth took a 4-3 victory away from the Boleyn Ground back in August, in which time they’ve won eight and drawn five of their 13 home fixtures. They’ve also only conceded one home goal in their last three, but I think Tottenham’s attack will prove too strong for the Hammers on Wednesday night.
If West Ham’s form is good, then Tottenham’s form is incredible. The North London side sparked their title charge into life as they came from behind to beat Swansea on Sunday, and the Lily Whites currently sit two points off Leicester City at the top of the table. Mauricio Poccetino’s men have won their last six Premier League games, and have only lost one of their last ten. In fact they’ve only lost three league games all season, and all of them have been by a single goal.
A week ago Spurs recorded a 4-1 aggregate win over Fiorentina to ensure their place in the last-16 of the Europa League, leaving them with a realistic chance of winning two major trophies this season. However their 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace the weekend prior sent them crashing out of the FA Cup, but Poccetino will be thinking positively, knowing that his side have fewer fixtures and more recovery days to focus on their title charge. Spurs haven’t lost away from home since late October, and have since recorded nine wins and three draws in their 12 trips away from White Hart Lane. I’m backing Tottenham to win this one.
Tottenham recorded an emphatic 4-1 victory in the reverse fixture back in November, and are unbeaten in their last three meetings with West Ham. In the last 19 encounters between the two sides, Tottenham have won 12, with West Ham only taking all three points from four of them. However, West Ham have only lost one of the last four at home, winning the other three, so it won’t be a formality for Spurs.
To score – Harry Kane 20/23
He’s certainly proved that he wasn’t just a one-season wonder, and the England striker has almost cemented his place in England’s starting line-up for the Euros in June. Kane has 19 goals to his name in all competitions and 16 in the league, including five against teams currently in the top six. He knows how to score in the important games, and with three goals in two appearances against the Hammers, I’m backing Harry Kane to find the net at any time with odds of 20/23.
Both teams to score – Yes 5/6
This is a nip-and-tuck market. There have been some classics between the two sides, and both teams have found the net in five of their last eight meetings. However, in the last four encounters at the Boleyn Ground, both teams have found the net on only one occasion, however with 90 Premier League goals between them this season, I would recommend backing both West Ham and Tottenham to score, priced at 5/6.
Match odds – Tottenham Hotspur 1/1
It’s likely to be a close game, however with their recent form and strong title ambitions at hand, I can see Tottenham proving too strong for West Ham on Wednesday night. You can back odds of 1/1 for Spurs to take all three points and put more pressure on high-flying Leicester, however odds of 31/10 are available for a home win, and 13/5 for the draw.
Writer’s prediction: West Ham United 1 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur
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