Premier League Betting: West Ham v Spurs - Fan v Fan Preview



West Ham perspective

Team news

Joey O'Brien was forced off against Aston Villa, but should be fit to start at right-back. James Collins will also return in defence, while Matt Jarvis could be the man to supply the ammunition for Andy Carroll up front.

Form

The 1-0 win against Swansea on 2 February aside, West Ham have been in poor form. Losses to Aston Villa, Fulham and Sunderland were disappointing - although the Irons still remain safely above the relegation scrap for the time being.

Head-to-head

This match-up hasn't been to kind to the Hammers in recent years: West Ham have won just one of the last 12 meetings with Spurs. Sam Allardyce will hope to avenge a 3-1 defeat earlier this season.

Best bets

The draw at 3.35. Spurs are in good nick, but West Ham will be confident of getting something from the game at Upton Park.

Kevin Nolan to score at 4.25. The midfielder has gone through a lean patch, but relishes the big occasion.

Draw/draw HT/FT at 5.00. Expect a cagey first half and then some action after the interval.

Score prediction: West Ham 1-1 Spurs (6.50)

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Spurs perspective: Matt Harris, Tottenham Blog

Team news

Long term injury victims Sandro, Younes Kaboul and Jermain Defoe will sit this one out but there are no fresh concerns following the match with Lyon on Thursday. Andre Villas-Boas should make two changes from the side that started that game, with Hugo Lloris replacing Brad Friedel in goal and Michael Dawson returning to the defence in place of William Gallas. Elsewhere, AVB has to choose between Lewis Holtby and Clint Dempsey to play behind lone striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Form

Spurs are unbeaten in ten league matches and have only lost two in 20 in all competitions. Current form is excellent but our attackers need to take some of the scoring burden off Gareth Bale's shoulders.

Head-to-head

Tottenham won 3-1 when the two sides met at White Hart Lane in November but Upton Park hasn’t always been the best of away grounds for us. Our most recent trip there came in 2010-11, when we went down by a solitary goal. This game can sometime produce a thriller, too, and Tottenham’s dramatic 4-3 win in March 2007 is still fresh in many supporters’ memories.

Best bets

Emmanuel Adebayor to score anytime at 2.90. The striker has received a ton of criticism in recent weeks and will strive to get on the scoresheet here.

Both teams to score at 1.72. It should be an open game and the Hammers will test a solid defence.

Gareth Bale to score from outside the penalty box at 6.50. The Welshman is in the type of form that will encourage him to shoot on sight and that’s an excellent price.

Score prediction:  West Ham 1-2 Spurs (9.25)

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