Saturday, December 4, 2021

Prediction: West Ham vs Tottenham

Verdict: Tottenham draw no bet 

Best Odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

With London bragging rights up for grabs on Sunday afternoon, West Ham will welcome Tottenham across the capital for what could be a lively affair.

West Ham

Starting with the hosts, putting in what was a routine European display earlier in the week, the mood in West Ham’s camp appears to be at a real high. While the Hammers might have headed into October’s international break with a last-gasp 2-1 defeat at home against Brentford, David Moyes’ side have bounced back. Cruising their way to a 3-0 win against Belgium outfit Genk at the London Stadium on Thursday night, they also landed an eye-catching 1-0 win away at Everton last weekend. Only continuing to gain a string of plaudits over the past 12 months after securing a sixth-place finish last season, the Hammers are desperate to go one step further this time around. Appearing to be storming their way to the knockout stage of this year’s Europa League after making it three wins on the bounce in midweek, Moyes’ men have won five of their last six matchups across all formats. With that run highlighted by a 1-0 EFL Cup victory at Old Trafford last month, West Ham will be desperate to lay down another marker here.

Team News

Left out of Thursday’s Europa League victory against Genk, attacking talisman Michail Antonio will return and lead West Ham’s charge on Sunday afternoon.

Likewise, settling for a spot on the bench in midweek, the defensive duo of Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna are set to return to David Moyes’ starting XI.

Tottenham

As for the visitors, although Tottenham might have enjoyed a welcomed flurry on either side of the international break, Spurs certainly came crashing back down to earth in midweek. Turning their attention back to Europa Conference League duties out in Holland, the Lilywhites were hit with a shock 1-0 defeat away at Vitesse. Despite making a string of changes on Thursday night, Nuno Espírito Santo will be demanding an immediate response when they travel to the London Stadium this weekend. However, despite their European blip in midweek, the former Wolves boss will be looking for his side to extend on their recent Premier League bounce. Making their return from October’s international break with that action-packed 3-2 win away at Newcastle last weekend, Spurs have collected back-to-back top-flight wins. Although Tottenham might be wanting to fully put their woeful September run behind them, they could be worried by their most recent meeting against the Hammers. Throwing away a 3-0 lead with a stunning collapse last season, they were also hit with a 2-1 loss the last time they made the trip to the London Stadium.

Team News

Sitting out of Thursday’s 1-0 loss against Vitesse, the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are expected to come back into Tottenham’s starting XI.

Aside from Matt Doherty and Ryan Sessegnon, Nuno Espírito Santo has no fresh injury issues to worry about this weekend.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off at the London Stadium last season, West Ham picked up a 2-1 win.
    • Three of the last four meetings between the two sides have finished with both teams finding the net.
    • Likewise, each of Tottenham’s last five domestic contests across all formats have finished with both teams scoring.
    • The Hammers have won five of their last six matchups across all formats.
    • Eight of the last 10 meetings between Sunday’s opponents have finished with over 1.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    On paper, we could have another lively affair at the London Stadium this weekend. With Tottenham making their return from the international break with an action-packed 3-2 win away at Newcastle, Spurs have really gained a reputation for their high-scoring affairs on either side of the break. Watching Harry Kane finally open his Premier League account at St. James’ Park, West Ham could have a test on their hands. Despite the Hammers enjoying another recent purple patch, they have shown some issues after coming back from Europa League duties. While David Moyes’ men might open as a standout pick, an away draw no bet does appear at attractive odds.

    Verdict: Tottenham draw no bet

    Best Odds: 11/10

    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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