West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur: Hammers to Upset the Party Once Again?
The corresponding fixture last season effectively ended Spurs’ title hopes so while West Ham start this game as the outside punt, Slaven Bilic’s side cannot be written off by any means. These days, Tottenham have the stronger squad by some margin but the Hammers seem to raise their game in a match where rivalry between the sets of supporters is at a peak.
Spurs have had their troubles at home this year but have a perfect away record of two wins from two so far in 2017/18 so what do the bookies make of it all?
Tottenham start as clear odds on favourites here despite conceding home advantage and the odds on a third away win in a row for Mauricio Pochettino’s men currently stand at 8/13 with Sun Bets and Betway. Elsewhere, the draw is listed at a top price of 33/10 with 188Bet while victory for West Ham United is the outside option at best odds of 27/5 with MarathonBet.
Spurs have been perfect away from home but can you ignore that home record completely? Tottenham struggled to break down Swansea’s determined defensive play seven days ago and the Hammers will be equally tough at the back.
The draw looks good at this stage but who are the players who could swing this match either way?
Individual Goal Scorers
As you would expect, Tottenham’s Harry Kane leads the first goal scorer betting at best odds of 3/1 with Bet365. Team mate Fernando Llorente is only slightly further behind at a top price of 15/4 with Sun Bets but the Spaniard is more likely to start from the bench and can probably be avoided.
Spurs players dominate this market with Dele Alli at a top price of 5/1 with Bet365 and Christian Eriksen at best odds of 15/2 with 888Sport and Sun Bets but who offers the danger from a West Ham perspective?
Diafra Sakho is the first Hammer to get a mention at best odds of 9/1 with William Hill and BetFred while Andy Carroll is just behind at a top price of 10/1 with Bet365. Carroll has a decent record against these opponents but based on form we feel that Kane is the best option.
If you prefer the relative safety of the anytime goal market then there are some interesting options here with Harry Kane leading the way again at best odds of 7/8 with 32Red. Names to watch out for here are Christian Eriksen at 37/13 with 888Sport and 32Red, Carroll at 3/1 with Bet365 and Toby Alderweireld, Tottenham’s centre half who has an eye for goal at set pieces and looks excellent at best odds of 9/1 with Bet365 and BetFred.
Other Side Bets
Tottenham have been potent on the road while West Ham are running into form after a slow start to the season so Both Teams to Score could be an obvious bet to add to your list at a best of 4/5 with Stan James and 10Bet. However, it may not be a high scorer with Spurs starting to struggle against teams who come with a view to defend.
Betting under the 2.5 goal line could therefore be the way to go and this would come in at a top price of 19/16 with 188Bet. These two can be very attacking sides but somehow that doesn’t always come through in this game so we would either take this bet or a correct score of 1-1 which is available at best odds of 29/4 with 10Bet.
This is the early kick off on Saturday and will be televised live in the UK by Sky TV so hopefully we have found some winning bets to enhance your enjoyment of the match. Tottenham’s perfect away record has to be considered but their win odds look uncomfortably short against a side who have notched some notable victories against them in recent seasons.
Overall, a share of the points looks a strong, value option for Wembley this weekend.
- The Draw at 33/10 with 188Bet
- Harry Kane to score the first goal at 3/1 with Bet365
- Correct Score of 1-1 at 29/4 with 10Bet