West Ham v Tottenham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 16, 2018
London Stadium - Premier League
West Ham host their traditional rivals, Tottenham, this weekend as they aim to continue their rise up the Premier League table. After talk of a mini-crisis at Spurs, the North London club have bounced back to enjoy their joint best start to a season.
West Ham are unbeaten in their last two games against Tottenham, with a 3-2 away win in the cup followed up by a 1-1 draw in the Premier League.
Manuel Pellegrini has settled on his preferred XI, which has corresponded accordingly with his team's improved form. The injured Jack Wilshire remains out, and is replaced by Pedro Obiang, whilst Declan Rice will be raring to go having opted out of playing for Ireland in the international break.
Maurizio Pochettino may have a dilemma on his hands, with a number of key players featuring for England in both their international fixtures. Harry Kane's fitness has been a common topic of conversation this season, but Spurs are simply not in a position to risk resting him on Saturday.
West Ham v Tottenham Preview, Betting Tips and Predictions
West Ham's four game unbeaten streak came to an end before the international break, with a respectable one goal defeat at Brighton. The Hammers poor start to the season saw them flirting with the relegation zone early on, however, Pellegrini's expensively put together side have started to show signs of jelling.
Andriy Yarmolenko has thrived since being handed a starting berth, whilst Felipe Anderson has been one of few bright sparks from the offset. Having struggled to balance creativity with defensive stregnth, the manager appears to have found the perfect equilibruim, feilding three combative midfielders to offset his attacking trident - this has payed dividens in recent weeks including a 3-1 win over Manchester United.
Likewise, Spurs have also overturned a poor start to the season, although in Pochettino's case, this was achieved through placing faith in his system rather than making changes. With Lucas Moura and Son Heung Min providing an attacking option from the flanks, the pressure on Kane to supply the goals has eased, and the England captian has been able to find his way back to form.
Against West Ham, Spurs will feel confident of playing their natural game, making little contingence for their opponents particualr style. However, given the Hammers new counter-attacking abilities, thanks to a solid defensive seven, and a rapid front three, Pochettino may be in for a surprise.
Harry Kane to score first at 4/1
The World Cup top scorer may not have done so on international duty this week, but looked sharp and full of confidence.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 3/5
This fixture tends to be a fiesty one, with both sides out to win.