It’s a London Derby that always carries an edge and, now that West Ham United are consistently challenging for European places, it’s a far more competitive game. The Hammers host old rivals Tottenham in this Sunday kick off (2pm) with plenty at stake.
Much is talked about bragging rights but the main aim for the two clubs is to secure a vital three points. With Spurs in fifth and West Ham just a point and two places behind, it’s a crucial game in terms of Europa League and, potentially, Champions League qualification.
The sides look closely matched and there is potential for a really close game. The best of the UK bookies also seem to expect a tight 90 minutes with odds against figures on all three possible outcomes. West Ham start as favourites for the three points at around 27/20 while victory for Spurs is next at best industry odds of 21/10. Completing the result betting is the draw which can be found at 12/5 with most bookmakers.
A share of the points may not be the obvious option when you consider that Tottenham have yet to draw any of their opening eight games in this EPL season. Their form is very mixed with three opening wins in the league, followed by three consecutive defeats. Since then, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have won their last two matches to climb back up to fifth.
West Ham are more consistent, winning four, losing two and drawing two of their first eight games. Overall, that form guide also suggests that this EPL match preview is going to have trouble finding a winner here.
WHUFC vs THFC Side Markets
We’ll take a look at the key players before committing to a result and Harry Kane remains favourite to open the scoring. The England captain has struggled at times this season but finally recorded his first league goal in the win over Newcastle last Sunday.
Kane is on offer at best odds of 15/4 to score the first goal while West Ham’s Michail Antonio is just behind at a top price of 5/1. Neutrals will consider Antonio to offer the better value with the striker bagging five goals in those first eight league matches.
As for tempting options from behind the strikers, one name who always interests us is that of the Hammers’ Tomas Soucek. The Czech defender has scored just once this season but has a habit of making important contributions at the London Stadium. Soucek can be backed at a best of 14/1 to open the scoring.
In other side markets, Both Teams to Score carries shorter odds on prices for this match. Spurs and West Ham are known for their open, attacking play and the top price of 4/6 on BTTS tends to reflect that.
It’s a similar story in the Total Goals betting where odds of 3/5 are generally available for anyone looking to go Over the 2.5 line. To push that one step higher to Over 3.5, the top price comes in at a more interesting 21/10.
In terms of Correct Score betting, there could well be some interest in an entertaining draw with best odds of 13/1 available for a 2-2 final outcome. Alternatively, a 3-1 win for hosts West Ham United can be claimed at a general 18/1 while the same scoreline in favour of visitors Spurs climbs to a best of 25/1.
Our WHU vs THFC Preview’s Betting Tips Verdict
The sides look to be evenly matched but Spurs fans will see this as something of a bogey fixture. Earlier this year, the corresponding game of the 2020/21 season ended with a 2-1 win for the Hammers while, in the earlier match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, West Ham snatched a 3-3 draw after going 3-0 down early on.
Overall, the head-to-head stats point slightly in the direction of Spurs. In the last ten matches across all competitions, Tottenham have won five, drawn two and lost three.
Of course, it is all about this season and we feel that the momentum is marginally with West Ham United. Spurs may edge things as far as form is concerned but they have never looked entirely convincing and all of their five wins in the league have come via a one-goal margin.
The Hammers may be inconsistent but they will also lift themselves for this game and will have a noisy partisan crowd behind them. Tottenham, in contrast, can have a tendency to go on the back foot in this type of contest and those are the reasons why this preview is getting behind the home win.
It should be one of the higher scoring encounters of the weekend: Both teams should get on the scoresheet but, with BTTS looking too short, we’ll take the 21/10 on offer for Over 3.5 goals.
If you’re neutral, this is the game to watch from an entertainment point of view but let’s also look to make it a profitable 90 minutes. These are our WHUFC vs THFC betting tips for this preview: