After controversy brewed following their clash earlier in the season, we are in for a fierce affair on Monday Night football at Upton Park as West Ham welcome Spurs.
The Hammers’ form since that clash has waned significantly, and after an early season rise, relegation isn’t out of the realm of possibility for the east London club as it stands. Having netted a paltry three goals in their past eight against Spurs, and winning only one in five, the history books don’t stack up in their favour.
More alarmingly for fans of the Irons will be their inconsistency. Two wins in ten have seen them drop down the table, and after topping Swansea three weeks ago, a poor loss at Villa Park will have seen their confidence take a big hit. The variation in results may lead some to suggest West Ham are on for a shock result and at 8/13, you can back West Ham or Draw on the Double Chance.
If West Ham do take an early lead (11/8 to score in the first half), then it may be worth looking at Tottenham’s price in-play. Of all Premier League teams, Spurs have the highest number of second half goals, having netted 73% of the time after the break, and having already notched a league leading 164 shots on target, Andre Villas-Boas has lead his team to play an exciting brand of free-flowing attacking football.
Gareth Bale has led this team to a strong position in the league, and whilst he has found the back of the net ten times in his past twelve league appearances, the Welsh sensation has performed magnificently. At 9/2 to score first, and 5/1 to net a double, Bale looks to be the only attacking threat Spurs have as Emmanuel Adebayor and Lewis Holtby struggle in front of goal, although the latter has impressed with his work rate and ball control in advanced midfield.
Having not won a penalty this season, Spurs are one of three clubs not to have had the chance to score from the spot, but if awarded one at Upton Park, it will mark the seven consecutive occasion where such a decision has been made away from the Lane (10/3 for a penalty to be awarded).
After suggesting that Spurs rely too heavily on Bale, Sam Allardyce will be out to stop him, and his London rivals, from playing their exciting attacking football. Allardyce, known for his no-nonsense, long-ball fashion, will look to his returning defenders James Collins and Joey O’Brien to be the beating heart of a leaky defence, whilst at the other end of the pitch, Kevin Nolan remains a threat.
Leading the team in league goals this season, the former Newcastle man has enjoyed success against Tottenham before, and on the 20th anniversary of the death of West Ham and England legend Bobby Moore, Nolan will look to lead from the front and cause the Spurs defence nightmares the like of which Moore would have defended against with his trademark composure.
Coverage of this game begins on Sky Sports 1 at 19:00, kicking-off an hour later, and we continue to offer a wide range of markets that total over 180 pre match and in-play! With first, last, anytime, and next goal scorer offered, as well as a range of five minute markets and specials in-play, why bet anywhere other than William Hill – the Home of Betting.
Match Betting: West Ham 12/5; Draw 21/10; Tottenham 5/4
Headline Offers: Kevin Nolan to score and West Ham to win 8/1; Gareth Bale to score and Tottenham to win 3/1
Best Bet: Tottenham to win by 1 goal 3/1
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