Tottenham v West Ham Betting Tips – 4th January 2018
There were very few highlights for Slaven Bilic in 2017. A culmination of poor performances from his West Ham side saw him relieved of his duties as the club’s manager but amongst all the tough days he could at least enjoy the Irons’ comeback win against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
Spurs raced to a 2-0 lead in the first half but ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline to give West Ham a welcome morale boost.
Much has changed at West Ham since that night with David Moyes coming in to replace Bilic. Moyes has improved things at the club but results have been mixed at best and he’ll do very well to get anything out of another trip to Wembley on Thursday night.
Expect Another Dogged West Ham Performance Under Moyes
The immediate challenge for Moyes when he took over at West Ham was a very tough run of fixtures. It is to Moyes’ credit that he managed to secure four points and concede just two goals in matches against Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal thanks to well organised, resolute performances.
West Ham have had problems against sides they should be beating so Moyes may actually be happy to be taking on another of the Premier League’s best sides. He knows exactly how to set his team up against Tottenham but will West Ham have enough to take something from the match?
Just a few short weeks ago you’d have fancied West Ham’s chances of a point much more than on Thursday night.
Spurs had only a modest start to the season by their very high standards and are still unconvincing at Wembley. However, their form has picked up considerably of late and having put three past West Ham at the London Stadium, they’ll be confident that their strongest team will have too much for their London rivals at 3/10 with William Hill.
Options to Secure Profit from a Tight Encounter
West Ham have worked very hard on the training pitch since Moyes and his new-look backroom staff have arrived at the club.
They’ll set up with a five-man defence against Tottenham, sitting deep in a low block designed to limit the space available to the home sides’ defence. Spurs may have a much better squad than West Ham but any team will find it hard to break down such stubborn opponents.
We think that Tottenham’s quality and the physical and mental fatigue in the West Ham ranks will see Spurs make a breakthrough later on in the match so recommend betting on the Draw/Tottenham selection at 10/3 in BetVictor’s half time/full time market.
Another way of profiting from a late surge from Spurs is betting on the second 45 minutes to be the highest scoring half at 11/10 with Boylesports.
Finally, try a bet on Tottenham winning the game by one goal which is a tempting price of 27/10 with Winner.
Alli to Light the Fuse of this London Derby
Tottenham have a wealth of attacking options, ensuring they should be able to create chances even though they’re playing two games in three days.
Mauricio Pochettino will surely decide to rotate his side between the Swansea match and the visit of West Ham but Dele Alli is one player capable of playing in both.
Not everybody likes Alli’s aggression when he takes to the pitch but it could be just what Tottenham need in a derby match. They’ll also need his movement, intelligence on the ball and his ability to hurt defences by arriving late to finish chances.
At odds of 5/1 with Paddy Power, Alli may well be the man to open the scoring on Thursday night.