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Tottenham v West Ham betting odds and prediction

Tottenham v West Ham Tips - February 22nd 2015Kick-Off: Sunday, February 22nd 2015 at 7:00am ET
Location: White Hart Lane in Tottenham, London
TV: TSN & BT Sport

TOTTENHAM (13-4-8) have limited time to prepare for West Ham (10-8-7) – a match where they need a good result. Spurs could only draw against Fiorentina (1-1) in Europa League action on Thursday, despite Roberto Soldado opening the scoring.

Not much separates these two on the league table, as Spurs sit in 6th place (43 points) and the Hammers are in 8th place (38 points).

Despite being close on the league table – these teams are heading in opposite directions. Tottenham lost to Liverpool (3-2) at Anfield in their last EPL match, but they’re 7-1-2 overall in their last ten league matches.

West Ham had a great run from October to mid-December, but the Hammers are falling apart. They have a 1-4-3 record in their last eight matches – with the lone win coming against Hull City (3-0).

Spurs vs. Hammers markets

Tottenham is priced at –140 to win, while West Ham is paying +375 to win outright. The draw is priced at +280 in the 1X2. Bovada is expecting goals galore in this match, as the bookie has the over/under at 3 goals (O3 at +120 and U3 at –145).

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H2H results

Spurs haven’t had it easy against the Hammers in recent years. Tottenham had a 6-0 record against WHU from 2008-09; however, they have since gone 3-1-4 in all competitions. Tottenham won the lone H2H match this season – a 1-0 away victory.

Tottenham can’t afford not to win this London derby at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham team analysis

There is a lot of time left this season and the Spurs are in a position to fight for a top 4 finish. Tottenham haven’t just won against weak competition during their run – they have two home wins against Chelsea (5-3) and Arsenal (2-1) as well.

At one point this season the Spurs had a 1-0-4 run at White Hart Lane, which is unacceptable. Tottenham have improved on the home front since than though – compiling a 5-2-0 record at home.

When you have Harry Kane (13 goals), Christian Eriksen (9 goals) and Nacer Chadli (7 goals), offense is rarely a problem. The hometown kid, Kane, has been electric this season and has netted 11 goals in his last 10 league matches.

For some reason Chadli has been coming off the bench in a limited role lately, which surprises me.

Tottenham averages 1.54 GPG at home – slightly above the league average. However, they concede 1.15 GPG at WHL – also above the league average. With the Hammers struggling to score goals, I expect Spurs to have little resistance in this match.

West Ham team analysis

The Hammers just signed Nene on a free transfer to add some depth upfront after Andy Carroll’s season ending injury. He’s likely to come off the bench most matches, as Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho are projected to start at forward.

West Ham haven’t won an away match since December 2nd against West Bromwich (2-1). It’s a safe assumption that WHU won’t win on Sunday. A tie wouldn’t be that surprising though – since the Hammers have drawn four of their last six matches.

With Carroll out, the Spurs have limited goal-scoring threats. Sakho leads the team in goals (7) and Stewart Downing (5) is the only other player with 5+ goals in league play.

Ten other players have scored at least one goal for the Hammers, but no one has stepped up with consistency. Despite all of this, the Hammers have actually averaged 1.33 GPG in away matches – well above the league average of 1.13 GPG.

The problem has been on defense – where WHU have conceded 1.42 GPG.

Tottenham v West Ham best bets

I’m willing to bet on the high-flying Spurs at –120 odds to win at White Hart Lane against a West Ham side unable to find their form.

Kane is the goalscorer to target in this London derby. Kane is paying –105 to score anytime or +350 to score first at Bet365 – which is our #1 rated bookmaker for bettors outside of the USA.

Eric Dier scored the lone goal in the first H2H match this season in the 90th minute. That was the first match of the season for both teams though – and not much can be gleaned from that performance.

My final bet is on Tottenham to win 2-1 in the correct score market. Spurs have won 2-1 in eight of their last ten victories, which is a trend I’m willing to follow.

Coral has the 2-1 Tottenham win priced at +750. I recommend placing this wager at Coral – because they’re offering a refund for up to £25 if your correct score or scorecast bet loses after the 85th minute.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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