Kick-off: 1200, 21/02/2021
Stadium: London Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
We’re relying on the old adage that form is temporary and class is permanent when previewing Tottenham’s Premier League trip to West Ham.
Recent results definitely favour the Hammers, but we still firmly believe Spurs are the better side if able to show their true worth at London Stadium.
The visitors have won on their last three trips to this venue and 9/5 for them to extend that sequence is our first West Ham vs Tottenham prediction.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham do deserve plenty of credit for putting together a run of six wins in nine top-flight fixtures that has pushed them up to fifth in the table.
Declan Rice put them ahead from the penalty spot against Sheffield United here on Monday, before Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks wrapped up a 3-0 triumph.
David Moyes did not shy away from dreaming of a top-four finish following that latest boost, which took them above Liverpool.
“Our form after lockdown was good, a couple of signings have worked really well for us and the players have kicked on,” beamed the Scot.
“The teams around us are top, top teams and we are going to have to play incredibly well to be there, but I think we’ve got another gear or two to what we’ve shown tonight.”
However, United’s hot streak has coincided with a pretty kind schedule, with Burnley, West Brom and Crystal Palace also among their victims.
Away wins at Everton and Aston Villa make better reading, but Liverpool proved a class apart when prevailing 3-1 at this venue.
If Tottenham can find their rhythm up front, the feeling is that Harry Kane and Son Heung-min can also carve open West Ham’s one-paced defence.
Looking at the West Ham vs Tottenham odds, we like 17/5 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game.
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Johnson, Rice, Lanzini, Lingard, Soucek, Bowen.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Jose Mourinho has come under scrutiny following four defeats in five league matches, which has left Tottenham six points off a Champions League spot, albeit with a game in hand.
However, there is no disgrace in individual defeats to Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, while Kane was sorely missed in a 1-0 loss at Brighton.
West Brom were brushed aside 2-0 with Kane back in action and a thrilling 4-4 FA Cup draw at Everton was only ruined by getting knocked out in extra-time.
Erik Lamela, who is also fit again following a lay-off and netted at Goodison Park, told the club website: “The next few games are very important for us. Everyone knows that.
“I know this team and therefore I know that if we are at our best, we can do big things.
“It doesn’t matter who we are playing, we need to go and show that we are the team that we know we can be.”
We’re not too worried about Thursday’s Europa League clash with Wolfsberger in Budapest being a distraction and a London derby win would be the ideal way to lift morale.
Spurs have blitzed the Hammers early on a few times in recent meetings, so 7/2 for the visitors to lead at half-time and full-time completes our West Ham vs Tottenham betting tips.
Last Spurs EPL line-up: Lloris, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies, Hojbjerg, Lamela, Dier, Ndombele, Son, Kane, Moura.
Last EPL result:
WEST HAM 3-0 Sheff Utd – Declan Rice (pen), Issa Diop, Ryan Fredericks
Man City 3-0 TOTTENHAM
Head-to-head: Tottenham 3-3 West Ham, Tottenham 2-0 West Ham, West Ham 2-3 Tottenham, Tottenham 0-1 West Ham, West Ham 1-3 Tottenham
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