In the reactionary world of football betting it’s sometimes possible to get transfixed with form, statistics and media hyperbole.
Falling victim to this form of hypnosis can leave punters prone to ignoring the fact that certain sides, regardless of their relative moorings in the league, have foes who will always trouble them so long as their respective make-ups remain similar.
Sunderland continue to defy expectations each and every time they face Manchester City and under Sam Allardyce West Ham are proving a similarly stubborn stain on Tottenham’s ambitions.
The Lilywhites have won three of their last four to earn 4/5 favouritism, with the draw 53/20, but their hosts look like 3/1 value for a safety-securing success at Upton Park and here’s why:
West Ham have already downed Spurs twice away from home this season.
And now they can do the same on home turf.
First they burst Andre Villas-Boas’ bubble with a Ravel Morrison-inspired 3-0 rude awakening in October.
Then Tim Sherwood’s first parade around the White Hart Lane technical area was comprehensively rained upon in the Capital One Cup.
When it comes to raw materials, the Hammers have everything they need to be a lot shorter than 3/1 for victory on the back of the sides’ past two meetings.
Tottenham have now surrendered at least two goals in their last three meetings with West Ham.
As alluded to above, the east London boys’ raw ingredients are not too raw to have found a way past the visiting defence on a regular basis in recent tussles.
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Spurs’ 1-0 at Stoke was their first away victory in six Premier League road trips.
Gas bagging on the subject of Tottenham’s upturn in form ignores the fact that they’ve recorded the majority of those positive results in their own backyard.