Kick-off: 1630, 18/10/2020
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Tottenham and West Ham went into the international break in sparkling form and everything is set up for an entertaining London derby when they return to action.
Preference is for Spurs, as they did the double over the Hammers last season, but United are expected to make their presence felt.
We’re going for a home win and both teams to score at 2/1 for our first Tottenham vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham began a run of four games in eight days in frustrating fashion when drawing 1-1 with Newcastle at this venue, due to conceding a controversial stoppage-time spot-kick.
However, Spurs bounced back to beat Chelsea in the EFL Cup via a penalty shoot-out and then crushed Maccabi Haifa 7-2 in the Europa League.
The best was yet to come, though, as Jose Mourinho’s side recovered from going behind inside two minutes at Old Trafford to smash Manchester United 6-1.
Midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg reacted to that admirable run of results by stating: “The word for me is character.
“It shows that there is only one thing we are going for and that is to win every single game we are playing.
“Of course, you need quality and fit players, but for me the character really stands out that we keep going and keep pushing and that is very nice to be part of.”
Son Heung-min and Harry Kane each hit a double at Old Trafford, with Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier also getting on the scoresheet as Mourinho’s men made an impressive statement.
Former Real Madrid and Sevilla full-back Sergio Reguilon has slotted in nicely and Spurs still have the return to action of Gareth Bale to look forward to.
The hope is that Mourinho does not now revert to type and put the brakes on Tottenham’s red-hot attacking play.
Looking at the Tottenham vs West Ham odds, we like 31/10 for the hosts to oblige 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 from the multiple correct score market.
Last Spurs line-up: Lloris, Reguilon, Sanchez, Aurier, Hojbjerg, Lamela, Dier, Sissoko, Ndombele, Son, Kane.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
The knives were quickly out for David Moyes after West Ham opened their campaign with losses to Newcastle and Arsenal, but many observers did note encouraging signs versus the Gunners.
United built on that display by thrashing Wolves 4-0 at London Stadium and then secured a stunning 3-0 success away to high-flying Leicester.
As well as being organised at the back, the Hammers have been a constant threat on the break through Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals.
Assistant manager Alan Irvine beamed: “Everyone is doing their job and doing their job extremely well.
“The shape of the team is fantastic, in and out of possession, and the players have showed a great work ethic and commitment to each other.”
Failing to capture Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski in the transfer window was a blow, but recruiting Craig Dawson on a season-long loan from Watford looks solid business.
Moyes, who has offloaded Jack Wilshere and Felipe Anderson, said: “I know he will be a great addition to the dressing room – he is a committed and determined character.”
Mourinho and Moyes are better known for building from the back, but both sides are currently in cracking form up front.
Let’s make 31/10 for each team to score in the first half our final Tottenham vs West Ham prediction.
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Creswell, Balbuena, Coufal, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Fornals, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Antonio.
Man Utd 1-6 TOTTENHAM – Tanguy Ndombele, Son Heung-min (2), Harry Kane (2), Serge Aurier
Leicester 0-3 WEST HAM – Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals, Jarrod Bowen
Head-to-head: Tottenham 2-0 West Ham, West Ham 2-3 Tottenham, Tottenham 0-1 West Ham, West Ham 1-3 Tottenham, West Ham 0-1 Tottenham
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