A huge clash in the capital on Wednesday night, as West Ham host Tottenham at the London Stadium. The Hammers have made a poor start to their season, after opening with three consecutive defeats on the bounce, without finding the back of the net. However, did have a change of fortunes at Villa Park on Sunday, edging out Aston Villa by a goal to nil. This disappointing start hasn’t come as a surprise. The added pressure of a Europa Conference League campaign this time round will mean regular two match game weeks for West Ham. These matches are already under way due to the qualifying phase, as they faced Viborg just last week. Currently the squad is a little short on numbers, in comparison to the ‘top six’ sides in the Premier League. I feel having all these extra games in the long run may have negative repercussions for the club. In other news though, the club record signing of Lucas Paqueta from Lyon has now gone through. Although he will likely not be available in time for this particular game.
The visitors come into this encounter in excellent form. Spurs continued their run of games undefeated at the weekend, after a resilient performance away to Nottingham Forest. They ran out 2-0 winners in a thoroughly entertaining game at the City Ground. As I’ve touched on in previous weeks, I really feel Spurs are in the groove at the moment under Conte. The acquisitions made this summer have certainly had a positive impact, with all usual suspects looking sharp. In particular, Harry Kane, who netted twice and scooped the MoM award. He also jumped up to the third highest goal scorer in Premier League history, now on 187 goals.
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Bet Builder Tips
Tottenham to Win
I’m backing Spurs to keep the ball rolling here. They’ve now won 6 out of their last 7 games in the league and are now looking not so ‘Spursy’ at all!! In addition to this, they have also kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 away matches, further cementing the pick of Tottenham to win this one. I’m expecting much of the same in terms of personnel once more, even with the quick turnaround. Harry Kane, Heung Min Son and Dejan Kulusevski are set to start as the attacking trio, with the possibility of Richarlison making his full debut. Whoever Conte decides to start from the off, I feel there’s more than enough firepower in the frontline to overcome a beleaguered West Ham defence. The home side will still be missing Nayef Aguerd as he remains injured. As well as having to cope with potentially missing Craig Dawson, Ben Johnson and Aaron Cresswell who are all serious doubts. This is where Spurs can pounce; the Hammers have conceded at least 2 goals in their previous 4 matches at home in the league. The star studded front line for the away side will certainly be ready to take advantage and have every chance of scoring the goals to take their team to victory.
West Ham are now winless in their previous 5 matches in the Premier League at home. This is another match fact that does not bode well for the Irons. I believe Moyes will set his side out not to lose this game, rather than going for the win. Mainly down to the poor form we’ve seen so far, plus the fact they’re facing one of their fiercest rivals. Consequently, I’m backing Spurs to jump all over this and I believe they’ll take all 3 points.
Harry Kane to Score Anytime
A straight forward selection for the bet builder – Harry Kane to score anytime in the match. He’s a proven world class goal scorer, need I say much more?! He’s a man very much in form though in front of goal, having scored 4 goals in 4 games. The lethal striker has looked as good as ever since the return of the Premier League and if Spurs score, it’s usually Kane on the scoresheet.
He’s scored 4 goals in 6 games in recent H2H’s with West Ham. If managing to notch in this game, then he’ll be a clear 3rd place in the all-time PL scoring charts. So, all the signs are there for him to reach another milestone in his already illustrious career. As I’ve mentioned in recent weeks, we’ll see Kane on penalty duty, additionally a likely set piece taker too. There’s every chance he’ll find the back of the net. Up against a West Ham defence missing key players, this will lead to even further opportunities for the Englishman in attack. He’ll be fed by some of the best assist makers in the business too, Kulusevski the ‘assist king’ as fantasy football players often refer to him as.
Kane now has struck 15 shots in the opening games, 9 of which have been on target and 4 finding the back of the net. On top of this, he’s generated an average xG of 0.82 per 90mins. This is an absurdly high average attained but there’s no reason he cannot keep it up. It’s in depth analysis such as this which really makes you realise just how incredible a striker like Harry Kane is. Having taken all this into account, I’d add Kane to score anytime in your bet builder!
Tomas Soucek to have 1+ Shot on Target
Considering this West Ham side have been in poor form in an attacking sense in what we’ve seen so far, the selection of Soucek to have 1 or more shots on target is one that has some backbone to it. The Czech international has had 4 SoT’s in 4 games and is always a major threat in the air. I expect corner and free kick situations to be an area the Hammers target. It’s likely they’ll be limited to clear chances in the box, and I’m hoping to see a few set pieces give Soucek the opportunity to have a shot on target. He stands at a towering 6ft 3’’ tall and all it takes is for him to win a header inside the box that troubles Lloris in goal, for the bet to land. He’s already won 7 aerial duels in the games thus far, and can do so once more. This is just one way in which I feel he can attain the shot on target needed. There’s every chance a ball may fall to him in the box and a shot on goal can happen this way too. With Declan Rice set to be the deepest lying midfielder, this gives freedom to Soucek to take some risks in attack. This will enable him to get forward when chances arise within the game itself.
Over the past few seasons, this player has become one of the first names on the team sheet for David Moyes. I believe it’s of immense importance to always consider minutes played when backing props selections like this. Soucek has completed 90 minutes in each of the first 4 games, so we should at least get big value in our pick here.
Game state can often play a part in relation to these sorts of bets too. The most probable scenario in this game is that Tottenham take the lead. This, in theory, can lead to the home side then taking extra risks to try to pull the game back level. In turn, would add to our already strong chances of a Soucek shot on target. I believe we’ve got the stats to back this one up, having delved into the data, is well worth a punt at the price.
Tottenham to have 5+ Shots on Target
The formbook for this one reads 8, 4, 5 and 7. Spurs have managed at least 5 shots on target as a team in 3 out of the 4 matches played up to now. The line of 5, in my opinion, is more than achievable with the players available to Conte. Stating the obvious, there is Kane who has had 9 SoT’s already, as I touched on before. However, there are numerous others who can chip in too. Although Son hasn’t got off the mark in terms of goals scored this season, he has racked up 6 shots on target himself, a quite superb return. This is all we’re after here, efforts on goal that force a save from the West Ham goalkeeper. If Richarlison is given the nod in attack, he’s another who will be hungry in front of goal and will be hoping to prove his worth. This can lead to what we need, shots on target.
Another angle for this bet will be if the home side takes a surprising goal advantage or the game ends up frantic, especially in the latter stages. Often, shots on target can come in quick succession, especially in the situations of matches I’ve previously mentioned. For example, double quick fire saves from the goalkeeper; this would count as 2 towards our count. There’s every chance 5 can be reached even if Spurs are leading from an early stage in this match.
It’s not usually the sort of bet I’d look for in a bet builder, but with the numbers backing it up quite astoundingly in previous Spurs matches. I’d add this to juice up the price!
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West Ham United predicted XI (4-4-2) : Fabianski; Kehrer, Zouma, Ogbonna; Coufal, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Emerson; Antonio, Bowen
Everton predicted XI (3-4-3) : Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Son
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How to watch West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League?
📅 When is West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur? / Wednesday, 31st August 2022, 19:45
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