A massive London-area derby will unfold on Tuesday evening as Tottenham battles West Ham. Usually these matches are high-intensity alone because of the deep rivalry between the sides, but will all that’s at stake down the stretch – both the Spurs and Hammers desperately need points from this one.
The Spurs are finally close to full health, and showed pretty well under manager Jose Mourinho in their first outing back on Friday. They drew 1-1 to Manchester United, but have to be encouraged with a solid performance across the pitch. They now sit 8th in the table heading into Tuesday, but remain a lofty nine points back of 4th-place Chelsea. If they want a return to the Champions League, the Spurs need wins.
West Ham continued their dreadful form on Saturday afternoon against Wolverhampton. While the match was tight for some time, eventually their defense succumbed to the onslaught the Wolves created. The Hammers currently sit 17th on points, with little breathing room between the dreaded drop zone. If this proud club wants to stay up, David Moyes and his men will need to start stringing some results together.
These matches always produce some fireworks, and Tuesday’s clash should be no different. Goals were in abundance at the reverse fixture back in November, with Tottenham edging out a 3-2 victory in a tense and competitive affair. Expect a similar style on Tuesday afternoon as well. As always, keep reading beneath the posted odds for a game preview, tactical analysis, and betting prediction, as we look to continue lining your pockets with EPL profits. Enjoy the match!
Tottenham vs. West Ham Betting Odds:
West Ham (+460)
Over 2.5 (-135)
Under 2.5 (+115)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Tottenham vs. West Ham Pick:
Expect the Spurs to pick up where they left off on Friday against Manchester United, only this time with two key pieces returning to the midfield. Both Lucas Moura and Dele Alli are slated to be available for selection – with Alli featuring in a central attacking midfield role, and Moura likely being a great bench option.
West Ham are going to struggle to deal with that, especially with some key injury concerns all across the field for David Moyes. They’ll likely be without defender Angelo Ogbonna, while both full-backs Pablo Zabaleta and Arthur Masuaku are also heavy doubts. That will surely weaken their back-line against a dangerous Spurs attack. Up front, their best scorer in Sebastien Haller is also out injured.
While West Ham will likely field a line-up that emphasizes hard work and structured play when they don’t have the ball, it certainly won’t be easy against a dominant Spurs lineup. Tottenham hasn’t been this healthy all season, and many are excited to see their vast potential under a manager like Jose Mourinho.
Expect the Spurs to run rampant on Tuesday evening, with their attacking ability and pace being especially lethal on the counter. The Spurs will be gunning for goals, knowing they need a victory – and West Ham won’t be able to match their London rivals, without Haller’s presence up top. A routine, but impressive Spurs victory is in the cards for Tuesday.
Pick: Tottenham 3-0