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

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Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham

Premier League: Sat, 27/04  Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Although the bookies have Spurs as strong favourites, we don’t think it will be that easy. West Ham can be resolute and the emotional and physical intensity of their last three games could have an impact on the Tottenham players. This combined with injuries to key players could make it a tricky tie. We feel that under 2.5 goals is priced well at 6/4 with Bet365. This could be taken as a starting price with a view to cashing out if there are no goals in the first 20 minutes or so. One thing this game does deliver is a high corner count and you can back over 10 corners at 10/11.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Tottenham Hotspur host London rivals West Ham in the early kick-off at their new ground on Saturday. They will be looking to continue their 100% winning record at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and continue their drive to secure a top four finish. West Ham will be looking to finish the season on a high having seen their performances dwindle in recent weeks. But a derby game is usually all the motivation any team needs and league positions will count for little as they go into battle.

Tottenham come into this fixture on the back of some emotional rollercoasters and it will be interesting to see what level of intensity the players bring to this game. An extraordinary Champions League encounter against Manchester City saw Spurs think they were out of the competition and then back in and through to the next round within a few crazy minutes as VAR ruled Raheem Sterling’s last gasp winner offside, Despite that amazing result, the follow up game at the Etihad didn’t go to plan as a Phil Foden header doomed Spurs to defeat and leave the Champions League sports wide open. They got back to winning ways with a very late winner from Christian Eriksen, but there are signs that the intensity of recent fixtures is catching up with Pochettino’s men.

West Ham enter this game not having won any of their last four Premier League games. They now sit five points behind Leicester and are probably losing hope of a top half finish. Although the fixtures have been tough, with away defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea, Manuel Pellegrini will be upset at his team for twice losing the lead against Leicester in their 2-2 draw last time out. With three games remaining, the fans will want the team to perform in a derby game, with many battling for their futures at the club as an overhaul is most likely needed for next season.

In team news, Dele Alli and Danny Rose are expected to feature despite suffering minor knocks in the week. That will be a huge boost to Pochettino, especially as Moussa Sissoko is unfit to provide the steel in midfield and joins Serge Aurier and Harry Kane on the treatment table. Harry Winks and Erik Lamela also remain doubts, so Victor Wanyama will most likely play alongside Alli, who was reverted to a deeper position against City in the Champions League. Fernando Llorente started the game against Brighton but in an intense derby game, Spurs may opt to start with Son and Lucas Moura further up front, with Eric Dier potentially coming in to strengthen the midfield.

West Ham will be sweating on the fitness of Javier Hernandez, Manuel Lanzini and Aaron Cresswell, who all face late fitness tests before being confirmed in the team. Marko Arnautovic has been starting some of their games but the Austrian has really struggled in front of goal since the transfer saga over his move to China was closed during the transfer window. Whether he starts will most likely depend on the availability of Hernandez, but the Austrian is keen to repay the West Ham fans and can bring the x-factor required to make this a difficult game for Spurs.

Just like last season, the two teams will have played each other three times before the season finishes as they have had fixtures in the League Cup in both years. Spurs won both games this season, securing a 3-1 win in the cup and a tight 1-0 victory at the London Stadium courtesy of Erik Lamela. West Ham will take confidence from their victory over Spurs last season in the cup and have always given them tough games.

Although the bookies have Spurs as strong favourites, we don’t think it will be that easy. West Ham can be resolute and the emotional and physical intensity of their last three games could have an impact on the Tottenham players. This combined with injuries to key players could make it a tricky tie. We feel that under 2.5 goals is priced well at 6/4 with Bet365. This could be taken as a starting price with a view to cashing out if there are no goals in the first 20 minutes or so. One thing this game does deliver is a high corner count and you can back over 10 corners at 10/11.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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