Monday, October 19, 2020

Prediction: Tottenham vs West Ham

Verdict: Tottenham win & both teams to score

Best Odds: 2/1

Bookmaker: Unibet

In a London derby between two sides who impressed heading into the international break, Tottenham will welcome West Ham across town on Sunday afternoon.

Tottenham

Starting with the hosts, falling 1-0 behind against Manchester United in the opening moments prior to the international break, Jose Mourinho wouldn’t have expected what was a stunning turnaround for Tottenham. Eventually putting in a rampant display and landing a famous 6-1 win away at Old Trafford, fans around North London find their side in the midst of a real purple patch. Simply hoping to carry on from where they left off earlier in the month, Spurs now find themselves in the midst of a seven-match unbeaten run across all competitions and have managed to continue on their Europa League adventure. Showing a string of improvements since opening the 2020/2021 campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Everton on home soil, Spurs have now bagged 13 goals in back-to-back appearances and there is no doubt that Mourinho will now be calling on his side to make some alterations at the back. While they might find themselves enjoying a seven-match unbeaten run, they have failed to record a clean sheet in any of those appearances.

Team News

Gareth Bale will probably make his first Tottenham appearance since 2013 on Sunday, according to Jose Mourinho.

Fellow new signing Carlos Vinicius will be on the bench, but Eric Dier is a fitness doubt and Giovani Lo Celso and Japhet Tanganga miss out.

West Ham

As for the visitors, while West Ham might have opened up this year’s campaign with a sluggish 2-0 defeat at home against Newcastle last month, few across the Premier League would have expected their stellar run heading into the international break. Much like Saturday’s hosts and simply desperate to carry on from where they left off at the King Power, David Moyes’ men were last seen picking up a 3-0 romp away at Champions League chasers Leicester and the mood in their camp is undoubtedly at a season-high. Really appearing to have turned a corner after shocking almost everyone again after putting four past Wolves earlier in the month, the one-time Manchester United boss has seen his side land eye-catching back-to-back victories against teams who have European ambitions. While Moyes and fans around East London would have been excited by their side recording two clean sheets on the bounce for the first time since May 2019, the form of Michail Antonio has been a huge bonus. Finding the net against Leicester last time out, he became the first West Ham player to score in five successive Premier League away games, with the forward netting eight goals in this run.

Team News

West Ham have manager David Moyes back in the dugout and defender Issa Diop available again, with both of them having recovered from Covid-19.

Ryan Fredericks and Arthur Masuaku are expected to be fit and involved.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides faced off in North London after returning from the enforced break over the summer, Tottenham picked up a 2-0 win.
  • In fact, Spurs have won four of their last five matchups against Sunday’s opponents.
  • West Ham had previously landed back-to-back Premier League victories heading into the international break, scoring seven goals.
  • Michail Antonio became the first West Ham player to score in five successive Premier League away games, with the forward netting eight goals in this run.
  • Tottenham find themselves in the midst of a seven-match unbeaten run across all competitions, winning six of those appearances.

Conclusion

On paper, neutrals up and down the country could be in for quite the contest on Sunday afternoon. Picking up a 6-1 romp away at Old Trafford prior to the break and marking their return in the midst of a glittering seven-match unbeaten run across all competitions, Spurs have now landed 13 strikes in back-to-back appearances and have the chance to unleash what should be a much-feared trio this weekend. However, while we do expect Tottenham to come away with all three points and continue on their eye-catching record against the Hammers, West Ham also headed into the break enjoying a stunning purple patch that few would have expected. Picking up back-to-back 4-0 and 3-0 victories against Wolves and Leicester, Sunday’s contest in North London could see chances come thick and fast.

Verdict: Tottenham win & both teams to score

Best Odds: 2/1

Bookmaker: Unibet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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