Saturday 23 November: 12.30pm KO
Live on BT Sport
At the start of this week, this game between West Ham and Tottenham was just a match between two out-of-form teams. Then came 24 hours in which Spurs sacked Mauricio Pochettino and appointed Jose Mourinho. Now it’s a totally different ball game.
The return of Mourinho to the Premier League is the big story surrounding this match. He needs to start showing he’s still ‘The Special One’ because his new club are struggling in the Premier League. They start the weekend in 14th in the table but that’s only three points behind fifth placed Sheffield United.
However, they are 11 points adrift of a top four place and another season in the Champions League. The odds of 7/2 (4.5) at Ladbrokes on them earning a top four finish don’t look that great at present.
Tottenham have gone five league games without a win. Three of those matches have ended in a 1-1 draw. BetVictor have odds of 15/2 (8.5) on that being the score in Saturday’s game. The main problem Tottenham have is their appalling away record. They have just three points from their last 12 away league matches. All a bit confusing considering they had won nine out of ten before then. You can get odds of 4/5 (1.8) at Betfair on them winning this match. A win that could take them as high as fifth if winning by three goals. Now that would cheer Pochettino up!
Manuel Pellegrini can be backed at odds of 6/1 (7.0) at Paddy Power to be the next Premier League manager to leave his club. That’s because his West Ham side are also in deep trouble. After all that spending during the summer, they were as high as third in the table. Not now though as they have slipped down to 16th and only five points above the bottom three.
A win over Tottenham has odds of 16/5 (4.2) at William Hill but the Hammers have just two points from their last six league games. Home form has seen them lose two of their last three games. Pellegrini has to start getting some wins soon or he might not make it to the Christmas party as manager.
West Ham have only won one of their last four league games against Tottenham. Each of the last three league matches between these two clubs have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. You can get odds of 6/4 (2.5) at Unibet on that happening in this game.
West Ham should have Mark Noble, Michail Antonio and Jack Wilshere fit for this match. Tottenham have to give fitness tests to both Tanguy Ndombele and Jan Vertonghen.
Both sides need to get points on the board. Tottenham’s dreams of Champions League football are already looking in trouble. Another loss here and they will probably have to win the Champions League this season to be in it next year. It’s not looking good for West Ham either and a bet on Tottenham to win with both teams scoring has odds of 2/1 (3.0) at Coral.