West Ham v Tottenham Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Friday, November 22, 2019


London Stadium

Punter's Pick

The opening game of the weekend’s fixtures is arguably the most intriguing as it sees the return of Jose Mourinho back into the Premier League. After the week’s headlines were dominated by the appointment of the Portuguese, it will be interesting to see how he fares in his first game in charge, especially with it being a London derby to add further spice. Can the ‘Special One’ change Tottenham’s fortunes or will Manuel Pellegrini’s men spoil the party?

West Ham come into this game in poor form and currently sit just five points above the relegation zone. The Hammers started the season well, losing just one out of their first seven games in all competitions against the champions Manchester City. However they have struggled of late going on a winless run of seven games which includes five defeats. The team were outplayed at home by Newcastle who won 3-2 before being humbled 3-0 by a hungrier Burnley side at Turf Moor. Much rested on the shoulders of summer signing Sebastian Haller but the Frenchman has struggled at times and the goals are not flowing for the home side. Manuel Pellegrini may be forced to start with more attacking players in order to get his team further up the pitch as there is little creativity from the likes of Declan Rice and Mark Noble. Starting with two up front could also be an option as Yarmolenko has impressed when he has played and with goals at a premium, the Hammers may have to change styles to ensure they don’t get pulled into a relegation dogfight.

Tottenham have not won in five Premier League games, a run which was enough to convince chairman Daniel Levy that Mauricio Pochettino was no longer the right man to lead the team. The sudden sacking of the Argentine and swift appointment of Mourhino has divided opinion but if the Portuguese helps them get their first three points since the end of September then opinion will start to shift in their favour. Spurs have looked a shadow of the team that finished in the top four and made it to the Champions League final last year, with the trademark energy and pressing game that was so characteristic under Pochettino’s evidently lacking. Mourinho may bring a more pragmatic style which requires the team to press, but also sit in and be compact when required. How he utilises his front-men will be interesting as well as the performances and long-term future of those that were openly looking to move.

In team news, West Ham have been boosted by the news that Mark Noble, Jack Wilshire and Michail Antonio all trained this week. The craft and guile of Wilshere and the speed of Antonio could be the missing links for a West Ham team that has struggled and Hammers fans will be eager to see the three back in action. However Manuel Lanzini is out after fracturing his collarbone alongside Lukasz Fabianski.

Tottenham will be sweating on the fitness of Jan Vertonghen and Tanguy Ndombele who will both face late fitness tests on their respective injuries. Erik Lamela and Michel Vorm are both definitely out as is Hugo Lloris.

In recent meetings, these two have actually been quite closely matched and shared bragging rights in recent years. Both enjoyed 1-0 away victories last season with Erik Lamela bagging a winner at the London Stadium and West Ham getting their revenge via a Michail Antonio strike in North London. The teams have played out close games and this one is likely to be similar.

With neither team dominating this fixture over the years it is difficult to pick an outright winner. However West Ham’s form has been really poor and the performances also don’t indicate an upturn in fortune. We have to consider the Mourinho factor for this one and a change of manager usually has a galvanising effect on teams and as one of the most successful in the modern era, he is likely to get a response from a squad which is undoubtedly better than West Ham’s. Therefore we are backing the 3/4 odds being offered by Bet365 for a Tottenham win, with the 8/13 for Harry Kane to score anytime also looking generous.

Punter's Pick

The opening game of the weekend’s fixtures is arguably the most intriguing as it sees the return of Jose Mourinho back into the Premier League. After the week’s headlines were dominated by the appointment of the Portuguese, it will be interesting to see how he fares in his first game in charge, especially with it being a London derby to add further spice. Can the ‘Special One’ change Tottenham’s fortunes or will Manuel Pellegrini’s men spoil the party?

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