West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 20th October 2018

London rivals West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur lock horns in a mouth-watering Premier League matchup at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon. With both teams in decent form, this should be an interesting fixture. Spurs, who sit fifth on 18 points, make the short trip across London as 4/5 favourites, with West Ham priced at 10/3 despite some great results of late and home advantage.

Tottenham have recovered well after losing three league and cup matches in a row, winning each of their last three in the Premier League. As for the Hammers, defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last time out was their first loss in five fixtures in all competitions. Can the Irons cause an upset on their own patch this Saturday, or will the Lilywhites secure their fourth successive Premier League win?

Top Tips

Tottenham Hotspur to Win 2-1 @ 8/1

Harry Kane to Score First @ 5/2

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West Ham United News: Pellegrini Settling in at West Ham

West Ham Crest at The London Stadium
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West Ham made a poor start to their season, losing each of their opening four games in the Premier League. However, the Hammers have turned a corner in recent weeks, as Manuel Pellegrini’s boys have picked up seven points from their last four league fixtures, beating both Everton and Manchester United 3-1. Unfortunately for the Irons, a 1-0 defeat at Brighton before the international break was no doubt a setback. Can West Ham get back to winning ways with a win over their rivals on Saturday?

Home Form Vital for the Hammers

West Ham have struggled to get the fans on their side since moving into the London Stadium. Upton Park was a fortress and a very hard place to go for visiting teams, but the Hammers’ new stadium lacks that same intimidating factor. After losing their opening two Premier League games on home soil to Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Irons have picked up four points from tricky home fixtures against Chelsea and Man Utd. If the club can make the London Stadium a fortress, West Ham could push for a top 10 finish this season which has to be the minimum requirement given their lavish summer spending.

Marko in Top Form for the Irons

Marko Arnautovic has turned himself into a fans’ favourite since making the £24m switch from Stoke City back in July 2017. The Austrian has been in great form for club and country this term, scoring five times in 10 appearances. Arnautovic was on the scoresheet in the wins over Everton and Man Utd, and again in the international break, and his goals will be very important to West Ham this season.

Plenty of Injuries for Pellegrini to Deal With

West Ham’s injury room is full to the brim at the moment, with no less than 10 senior players all nursing injuries. The likes of Andy Carroll, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid will all miss Saturday’s match. Meanwhile, the Hammers will be sweating on the fitness of Robert Snodgrass and Arthur Masuaku.

Tottenham Hotspur News: Spurs Back in Form

Tottenham Hotspur Fans in Crowd
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It’s been a tricky start to the season for Tottenham, who lost three league and cup games in a row last month for the first ever time under Mauricio Pochettino. However, the Lilywhites have battled back since then, winning four of their following five matches in all competitions, with their only defeat during that time coming to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. Overall, Spurs have won six of their eight fixtures in the Premier League to sit on 18 points from a possible 24, with Tottenham just two points behind joint leaders Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Injury Crisis at Spurs

Like West Ham, Tottenham also have an injury crisis at present. Spurs are likely to be without Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele for Saturday’s London derby. Meanwhile, Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama will be assessed over the coming days. Despite their injury worries, Tottenham managed to beat Cardiff City 1-0 at Wembley Stadium before the international break.

Lilywhites Strong on the Road

In the Premier League last season, only champions Man City (50) picked up more points away from home than Spurs (34). This term, Tottenham have the best away record in England’s top flight so far, winning four and losing one of five to take 12 points from a possible 15 on their travels. Along the way, Pochettino’s troops have scored 10 and shipped four. Another away triumph on the road this Saturday will keep them hot on the heels of the leaders.

Analysis: Spurs to Take the Points on Saturday

With Tottenham being so strong away from home, the visitors will fancy their chances of returning home with all three points from this one. West Ham have certainly improved in recent weeks, but Spurs’ qualities should shine through. Our money is going on the away win at the London Stadium.

Narrow Win for the Away Team

Tottenham have won 2-1 away from home on two occasions this season, with those victories coming at St James’ Park and the Amex Stadium. Spurs have also netted at least two goals in each of their four league victories on the road. Because of that, we fancy Pochettino’s men to run out 2-1 winners (8/1) at the London Stadium at the weekend.

Spurs’ No. 10 to Open the Scoring

Despite not being at his best at the start of this season, Tottenham’s Harry Kane has still managed to score six times in 14 outings for club and country. Kane has netted four in his last four for Spurs, and we feel that there’s good value in 5/2 for Tottenham’s main man to open the scoring at the London Stadium on Saturday. He may not have scored for England for a while but he was superb in the win over Spain and his confidence should be high.

Spurs to Strike First

Tottenham have scored the opening goal in seven of their eight Premier League matches this term, with six of those ending in wins. The visitors are available at 8/15 to score first in this one.

Recent Matches

West Ham have a pretty decent record in this fixture in recent times, winning half of the last six league and cup meetings. In the first fixture between the pair at the London Stadium, Lanzini scored in a 1-0 win for the Hammers while the Irons also won the last meeting at Upton Park. Last season, West Ham and Tottenham met three times in all competitions.

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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