Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham Preview
The Premier League is back with a set of midweek matches. Among them will be yet another London derby, as Tottenham Hotspur are set to host West Ham on Thursday, December 7. The kick-off is scheduled for 8:15 pm local time.
The hosts are currently experiencing a bad run of form which will certainly reflect in our Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham prediction. However, a finish inside the top four – which should be the goal for Ange Postecoglou – is certainly attainable if results improve in the near future. The issue, though, is that West Ham is not the easiest opponent out there.
Tottenham Hotspur Preview
Tottenham Hotspur were the big surprise of the first months in the 2023/24 Premier League. Following an incredible start to the season, the Lilywhites were even sitting first at some point.
Unfortunately for Spurs, the multiple injuries suffered by their players has caused in a dip in results. Thus, Postecoglou’s men have recorded one win, one draw and three losses in their last five league matches. They currently sit fifth in the table with 27 points after 14 matches.
For the derby on Thursday, the hosts will miss key players like James Maddison, Ivan Perisic, Micky van de Ven and others through injury.
West Ham Preview
West Ham had their own bad run of form as the Hammers registered three losses and one draw between October and early November. However, David Moyes has been able to improve the Irons’ game, and their most recent results include one draw and two wins.
With 21 points, West Ham are ninth in the Premier League. One thing to note in the Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham odds is the visitors’ goal balance. The Hammers have scored 24 and conceded 24 goals, making their goal difference the second-worst among the teams in the upper half of the table.
Unlike their rivals, West Ham will only miss Michail Antonio through injury on Thursday.
Betting Tips Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham
Both teams to score? Yes
We will begin our Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham tips with the thing that fans enjoy the most – goals! Given the recent performances of the two sides, we do not see a clean sheet on Thursday. The odds on both teams scoring stand at 1.40 on Bet365.
Spurs have failed to keep a clean sheet in the last five Premier League matches. For the Hammers, the numbers are even worse as they have kept just one clean sheet in 14 league matches this term – the 2-0 win over last-placed Sheffield United back in September.
Despite the multiple injuries up top, we still expect Tottenham to break the deadlock at home. The Lilywhites have scored in every single match to date, and the upcoming London derby should not become an exception. As for West Ham, they will certainly get their opportunities against a Spurs side which has conceded 12 goals in the last five matches.
Tottenham Hotspur Win
Although this may be a sharp turn from the previous parts of our Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham prediction, we believe that Postecoglou’s men will be back on the winning track on Thursday.
Injuries have definitely affected Tottenham's game but we should not ignore that their recent matches have been against solid sides like Manchester City, Aston Villa, Chelsea and others. West Ham should not be underestimated but Moyes’ team still struggles defensively, which may cost them the match.
At the same time, the Hammers do not have the best track record playing away against Spurs, losing the last three consecutive matches. Moreover, their recent wins came against teams from the bottom half of the table. Against an attack-oriented, high-intensity Tottenham, they will have a much more difficult time.
Finally, if you want to combine the two previous Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham odds, Bet365 offers 2.87 odds on both teams scoring and Spurs taking the full points.
Over 4.5 cards
And speaking about high-intensity, Tottenham have not given up their style despite the injuries. They are bound to approach the game against West Ham with the same plan in mind, and if the 2023/24 term has taught us anything, it is that Spurs get booked very often.
In 14 Premier League matches, the Lilywhites have seen 43 cards. The number of cards per game is especially high in matches where the opposition fights for the ball instead of giving up possession.
For West Ham, the number of cards stands at 37, which is also rather high. Similarly, they get booked more often against teams with a proactive approach. Since the Irons will be playing mostly defence on Thursday, it is reasonable to expect even more fouls from them.
With that in mind, Bet365 gives 1.83 odds on over 4.5 cards in the game. Since it is a midweek clash and some players will be carrying fatigue, there should be more mistakes and thus more fouls than usual.
Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham prediction is only a suggestion, not a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement in the end.