West Ham Utd v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League

West Ham have struggled of late.

West Ham Utd v Tottenham Hotspur, Sat 20 October, 3pm, Sky Sports Ireland

Form:

West Ham have been coming into form after a poor start to the Premier League season. They lost their opening four games to Liverpool, Bournemouth, Arsenal and Wolves, conceding ten goals in those four games and only scoring two.

They then beat Everton 3-1 away, drew 0-0 at home to Chelsea before a fantastic 3-1 home win against Man Utd. However they do come into this game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Brighton, that said they have picked up seven points from their last four matches.

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Tottenham got the new season off to a great start with wins against Newcastle, Fulham and Man Utd in their first three games, scoring eight goals and conceding just two.

They then suffered back-to-back defeats to Watford and Liverpool before getting back to winning ways with a 2-1 win away to Brighton, followed by wins against Huddersfield and Cardiff.

The total Premier League head-to-head records between the sides are West Ham (14 wins) 9 draws and Tottenham (21 wins) – Total Goals scored in those 44 games read West Ham 52 & Tottenham 63.

West Ham have one of the stronger H2H records against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham and have won three of the last five fixtures against their London rivals.

The Match

West Ham have been playing well of late and are slowly building a respectable home reputation after two very disappointing opening seasons in their new London Stadium home, since moving from Upton Park.

Their record on home turf is now 43 games played with 16 wins, 11 draws and 16 defeats with a 0-0 draw against Chelsea and a fantastic 3-1 win against Man Utd in recent weeks backing this up.

Tottenham won 3-2 in the corresponding fixture last season.

Tottenham come into this game in fantastic form with the only blip in recent games being an entertaining 4-2 loss at home to Barcelona in the Champions League. They have played eight games with six wins and two losses, scoring 15 and conceding 7. They are currently just two points behind leaders Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool and will be hoping for a victory here to keep up with the three co-leaders at the top of the Premier League table.

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Team News

West Ham will be without the services of Andy Carroll (Ankle), Manuel Lanzini (Knee), Winston Reid (Knee), Carlos Sanchez (Knee), and Jack Wilshere (Ankle), while Chicharito (Illness) is also a possible absentee.

Tottenham will be without Deli Alli (Thigh), Vincent Janssen (Ankle) and Jan Vertonghen (Thigh), while Mousa Dembele (Thigh), Danny Rose (Groin) and Christian Eriksen (Chest) are all questionable to be fit to play in this London Derby.

Verdict

Spurs have won with both teams scoring in three of the last six meetings of these sides and Tottenham to win and both teams to score in this is available at 9/4.

Pochettino’s men have scored first in seven of their first eight league games, with a first-half goal difference of +5, the joint third-best in the league. Tottenham to score first is available at 6/10.

 



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