West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 20th October, 3pm kick off) – Betting Preview

The London derby between the Hammers and the Spurs is never short of incident, and the West Londoners are something of a bogey team for the visitors…

Despite the sides’ contrasting trajectories in the last few years, Spurs have only beaten the Hammers twice in their last six attempts, and have only kept one clean sheet against their hosts in their last 14 meetings. For a side that’s pushing for the title that’s not the most impressive of records, so both teams scoring is probably a good place to start in this one at 4/7 with Betfair.

The international break may also have a telling affect on the performances of the two sides in this one. England’s 3-2 victory over Spain on Monday night will have been hard work, especially in the second half as the Spanish pressed to get back in the game, and four of the XI that played in that game for Gareth Southgate’s side play for Spurs.

One of those players was Harry Kane, who has been struggling for sparkling form in front of goal, with four goals in his last eleven appearances for club & country representing a sub-par return by his standards. If he fails to score again here then West Ham have a great chance. The Hammers clean sheet looks a big price here at 19/4 with Coral.

This is one of the tastier London derbies, with the two sides hardly being the best of friends. With Millwall struggling in the Championship, Spurs probably represent West Ham’s most prominent rivalry in the top flight, which usually makes for a game full of incident. That should make the bookings market a potentially profitable one, with more than 40 booking points (that’s at least five yellow cards, between you and me) looking like a banker at 10/11 with Paddy Power.

You can call me crazy, but I’ve just got a funny feeling that West Ham might clinch this one. Spurs’ England stars could well be leggy, while they’ll also be potentially missing the injured Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, and West Ham have tended to show up for the bigger teams in the Premier League this season. The West Ham win sticks out like a sore thumb on the weekend coupon, and can be yours for a lovely 14/5 with William Hill.

Premier League Treble: £10 on Bournemouth (to beat Southampton), Fulham (Cardiff City) and Wolves (Watford) returns around £90 with William Hill.

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