West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips & Predictions - Saturday 23rd November 2019

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A last gasp winner against Brighton in midweek has kept Tottenham in the driving seat to claim one of the two remaining Champions League places. Another victory against London rivals West Ham this Saturday would put them on the brink of securing a top four finish for a fourth consecutive season.

The stakes are rather less high for a West Ham side who are all but out of the race to clinch a top seven finish. One win in six looks seems to have guaranteed that Manuel Pellegrini’s run of always securing European football during a full season in charge will come to an end. That doesn’t mean the Irons won’t be determined to win this match though, as their rivalry with Spurs runs deep.

Top Tips

Tottenham to win to nil @ 13/8

Son to score anytime @ 10/11

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Tottenham Hotspur News: Janssen’s Easter resurrection

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There have been so many unexpected twists for Tottenham fans this season but perhaps the most unlikely of them all was the return of the previously exiled Vincent Janssen. The former AZ man hadn’t featured in a Spurs squad since August 2017 before being a surprise inclusion to the side that took on Man City last weekend. Returning to the subs bench once again on Tuesday, the Dutch striker enjoyed a 10-minute cameo as Tottenham pressed for a winner against Brighton. Having put in a tidy showing then, more minutes may well come the way of the €20m man.

Pochettino hopeful over Eriksen contract

Daniel Levy has been able to tie several Spurs players down on long-term deals but there’s been no progress with Christian Eriksen whose current contract expires in 2020. Rumours of him penning a new contract have been fairly quiet but on Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino suggested the Dane is open to the idea. The Argentine boss said, “I think Christian and us, we are so open to talk and we will see what happens.”

Any discussions will not take place until to the end of the season though with the midfield playmaker not wanting an untimely distraction. Given Spurs’ pay structure and the unlikelihood of them mounting a serious title challenge the midfielder may decide rumoured interest from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid is worth pursuing.

West Ham United News: Criticism of Hernandez grows

West Ham Crest at The London Stadium
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Javier Hernandez has done little to endear himself to the West Ham faithful over the past couple of weeks. First he threw a tantrum after being taken off at Old Trafford and later proceeded to show his gratitude to the Man Utd fans that once cheered him on. The following week Hernandez missed the game versus Leicester with a mysterious ear problem. Just before the game however, pictures circulated of the striker taking a private jet to Italy, leaving some supporters to question his commitment to the cause.

Sanchez raring to return

This season has been one to forget for Carlos Sanchez after the midfielder suffered a serious knee problem in September. The extent of the damage has kept him out of action since but now a return is in sight for the Colombian.

He had hoped to be in the squad that faced Leicester on Saturday but the match perhaps came too soon in the eyes of his manager. This weekend Sanchez has a better chance of featuring and he’s optimistic that this is the case having had a positive chat with Pellegrini.

Analysis: Tottenham settling in well to new home

Moving to a new home stadium mid-season can’t be an easy transition but it’s one the Tottenham players have coped with especially well. They’ve won all of their four matches so far at the arena dubbed the new White Hart Lane, yet to concede a single goal in this time. Having proven they can perform back in north London, West Ham are in for a tough test this weekend. The home side also have the far greater motivation too, with the prize of a top four spot sure to see them battling hard against opponents with nothing really to play for.

Irons brittle away from home

Although West Ham didn’t deserve to lose to Man Utd, it’s not as easy to excuse many other of their away losses. There have been plenty of them too with Pellegrini’s men having fallen to defeat in eight of their last nine matches across all competitions. To explain their lack of success on the road lately, you simply have to look towards the amount of goals they’ve been scoring.

The Hammers have netted just four goals outside the London Stadium in 2019, two of which came against League One strugglers Wimbledon. Facing a side this weekend that’s yet to concede at their new home, a Tottenham win to nil offers real appeal at very decent looking odds (13/8).

Son to shine in North London

Heung-Min Son scored during his first two appearances at the Tottenham’s new ground and many more goals look set to follow. The Korean struggled to get a real sniff against Brighton but there’s little chance of West Ham defending so deep and in such great numbers.

With this almost guaranteed to be a more open contest, Son is good value at 10/11 to grab his third goal of the season against the Hammers. Increasing his appeal as any anytime goalscorer is the fact he’s suspended for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Ajax. Not needing to save his legs for a match in midweek, the 26-year-old should play the full 90 minutes here and, as ever, give it his all.

Recent Matches

West Ham were the first team to beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and they’ll be eager to hand Tottenham a first blow at their brand new home. History does not suggest they can pull it off though as they’ve only secured one away league win against Tottenham this century.

31st October 2018: West Ham United 1 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

Despite making 10 changes to his starting XI, Mauricio Pochettino’s side still had more than enough quality to book their place in the League Cup fifth round. Son Heung-Min marked his 150th Spurs appearance with a clinically taken brace that put Spurs firmly in the driving seat. Ex-Arsenal man Lucas Perez briefly gave the Hammers hope of a comeback but Fernando Llorente put the game to bed four minutes later as he grabbed his first goal since February.

4th January 2018: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 West Ham United

The pair played out a 1-1 draw at Wembley Stadium back in January of last season. Both goals were stunners, with Heung-Min Son’s late strike cancelling out Pedro Obiang’s opener. Tottenham dominated the game, but West Ham held on for a crucial point.

25th October 2017: Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 3 West Ham United

West Ham put in a stunning performance at Wembley in a League Cup fixture just over a year ago. Goals from Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli gave Spurs a 2-0 lead at the break. However, West Ham were a different team in the second period, with two Andre Ayew goals levelling the scores. With 20 minutes to go, Angelo Ogbonna hit the winner to put the Irons into the next round.

14th September 2017: West Ham United 2 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

It was also a five-goal thriller at the London Stadium back in September 2017, with Spurs 3-2 winners this time. Despite a late fightback, a Harry Kane brace and a Christian Eriksen goal were enough to give 10-man Tottenham a 3-2 victory at West Ham.

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