While Arsenal and Manchester United may be pulling away, Spurs and West Ham remain hopeful of claiming that final Champions League place. In fact, either side can go level on points in the Premier League with the Gunners if they win Sunday’s encounter (4.30pm; TV: Live on Sky Sports).
Arsenal would keep games in hand but this match is very much a six-pointer in terms of European qualification. The teams have a reputation for playing open, attacking football and a 3-3 draw in the reverse fixture last season tends to back that up.
Goals could be in prospect on Sunday and it should be an enjoyable 90 minutes but can we add some profits into our entertainment? This preview and its betting tips aims to do just that.
Spurs go into this game with mixed form and it may be surprising to learn that Antonio Conte’s men are odds-on favourites. Victory for the home side can be taken at 7/10 in most places while the draw is next up at 3/1.
Completing the market is a win for West Ham which is only marginally behind at 15/4. With the Hammers slightly ahead of their opponents in the overall table, there will be some interest in the draw and the away win. The form guide, however, puts Tottenham marginally ahead.
Over the course of the last six EPL games, Antonio Conte’s Spurs have 12 points from four wins and two defeats. David Moyes’ West Ham have picked up 11 points in the same period. That form book suggests it will be a tight call and a repeat of last season’s draw may well be the best option.
Before we commit to a result, we need to look at the players who can swing the outcome. Team news is positive on both sides although the Hammers are set to be without Jarrod Bowen who has made some important scoring contributions in recent weeks.
Michail Antonio has been a doubt but he should be fit and ready to play. Any further injury updates should slowly filter through after West Ham’s Europa League Cup tie with Sevilla on Thursday night. Tottenham played a day earlier against Brighton in the league and have no new injury concerns.
That leaves us with a first goalscorer market which is dominated by Spurs players. Harry Kane starts as favourite to open the scoring at 3/1 and he is followed by Son Heung-Min at industry best odds of 5/1. Other options for Spurs include Dejan Kulusevski at 7/1 and Lucas Moura at 8/1.
The first option for Hammers followers is Michail Antonio at a top price of 9/1. Beyond the main strikers, we like to follow West Ham’s defender Tomas Soucek who scores important goals and was on the mark once again in Thursday night’s win over Sevilla. Soucek opened the scoring in that game and is available at best odds of 16/1 to do so again on Sunday.
Away from the individual bets, Both Teams to Score is available for this encounter at a general 7/10. Looking at the scoring stats in both camps, BTTS looks to be one of the stronger bets for this fixture but it may be too short at that figure.
Over in the Total Goals betting, a stake Over the 2.5 line brings another short set of odds with most bookies going in at 4/6. If we move up to Over 3.5 goals, the numbers lift to 9/5.
That leaves us with some Correct Score suggestions and a high scoring draw could be the way to go. With two evenly matched, attacking teams, a 2-2 final outcome will attract interest at 14/1. Alternatively, a 3-2 home win can be backed at a best of 25/1 while the same scoreline in favour of West Ham is quoted at 45/1.
Our Preview’s THFC vs WHUFC Betting Tips Verdict
When two teams with attacking reputations face off we often expect a feast of goals. Those games don’t always deliver on their promises but we think Spurs and West Ham should be productive on Sunday.
Both teams need the points and their goal stats are encouraging. Tottenham have scored 13 goals in their last four games while conceding three times at the back. Spurs have kept clean sheets against Leeds, Everton and Brighton in that time but West Ham should put Hugo Lloris and his defence under far more pressure.
We have a number of options in the goals markets. Both Teams to Score looks to be the strongest bet of the day but this preview will look for some longer odds. Over 3.5 goals also seems a sound option and the price is much better at 9/5.
As for the result, a repeat of the high scoring draw last season is a logical conclusion. It is tempting to take those 14/1 odds for a 2-2 Correct Score but we’ll settle on the draw at 3/1 in the result market. So these are the betting tips for this preview: