There may only be one Premier League game this Sunday, but at least it’s a solid London derby between rivals Tottenham and West Ham, who currently hold fifth and sixth places, respectively. Both teams are level on 21 points, so neither will be able to accept defeat.
At a time when young English talents are battling to recover from injuries, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino must be desperate for Harry Kane to emerge unscathed from England’s friendly with France. Kane has scored five in his past three league games to banish talk of his goal drought during the first seven games.
Playing at home, Spurs have won three and drawn three from those six games. They have scored 10 goals while conceding only four. This is enough to secure them the fourth-best home form in the league. After drawing their first two home games, Spurs have been able to improve to win three from four.
West Ham have been a surprise package under Slaven Bilić. Their victories against Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, and Chelsea should be enough to make them title contenders. However, those incredible wins have been offset by dropping points to Leicester, Bournemouth, Norwich, Sunderland, and Watford.
Bilić’s team have played a lot better away from home than back at Upton Park. In six games, they have won four, drawn one, and lost one. Along the way, they have scored 12 goals and conceded six. Their performances have certainly been exciting, with Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini playing especially well.
Tottenham’s Mousa Dembélé is currently nursing a calf injury and his absence would make this game much more difficult for centre-backs Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen to thwart Payet and Lanzini.
Tip one: Tottenham @ 1.50 with Betfair
Tip two: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.66 with Betfair
West Ham have played better than expected away from home, and in claiming scalps from teams with higher reputations. However, this is something that they surely cannot maintain for the entire season. Tottenham’s recent solid performances will give them the strength to see off their London rivals.