West Ham travel to Tottenham on Thursday for their second London derby in five days, where they will be hoping to land a first victory at the home of their rivals since 2019.
However, that will be a tough task given Spurs’ strong start to the season and, coming off the back of a well-earned 3-3 draw with champions Manchester City on Sunday, the hosts should be feeling confident come 8.15pm.
Tottenham to win and both teams to score - 15/8
After becoming the first away side to win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, West Ham have failed to win any of their last four trips to their North London rivals, losing the last three.
That trend looks set to follow suit on Thursday, with Spurs enjoying a strong start to the season and the Hammers struggling on their travels of late.
David Moyes’ side have been defeated three of their last four away matches, losing by an aggregate score of 10-4 in that run, with some late heroics at strugglers Burnley the only reason they avoided making that four away losses on the bounce.
Injuries looked to be taking their toll on Spurs and they suffered three consecutive losses before earning a point in Manchester, however that 3-3 draw with the champions was an extremely positive result and a sign that things may be fine going forward for the Lilywhites.
Ange Postecoglou’s tactics can take some adapting to, so it is understandable that the fringe players struggled to adjust immediately.
But the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and Ben Davies performed far better at the Etihad Stadium than they had in previous matches and they should fare even better against the far less intimidating Hammers.
While Spurs should be too strong for their East London rivals, they may not be able to keep a clean sheet against their visitors as has been the case in ten of their last 11 meetings with the Irons.
Cristian Romero will return to the line-up after his three-match suspension, but Micky van de Ven remains sidelined and his pace at the back will be sorely missed against the speed of West Ham attackers Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen.
The Hammers are expert counter-attackers and will look to exploit the space in behind Spurs’ high defensive line, which could lead to them landing a blow in defeat.
Both teams have scored in five of the last seven meetings between the two sides and take the same outcome alongside a Tottenham win on Thursday night.
Dejan Kulusevski - First Goalscorer - 9/1
Spurs have opened the scoring in their last eight matches and will be looking to make another fast start in this London derby, with their weekend hero Dejan Kulusevski a likely provider of the opening goal.
The Swedish winger netted late on to secure a point for Postecoglou’s men on Sunday and will be looking to notch a third goal in five games.
The Hammers have looked weak down their left side all season, with Nayef Aguerd in particular at fault for numerous goals this campaign, and Kulusevski could exploit that deficiency in the Hammers’ defence and get on the scoresheet once again.
The Swede opened the scoring in Spurs’ last London derby, against Chelsea and could repeat the feat on Thursday, although it may be worth utilising the each-way feature which would offer a third of the odds should Kulusevski score at any time instead of first.
Rodrigo Bentancur, James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, Pape Matar Sarr, Manor Solomon, Ivan Perisic and Ryan Sessgnon make up a lengthy injury list for Spurs.
However, they will be boosted by the return of centre-back Cristian Romero, who should come straight back into the line-up at the expense of Emerson Royal.
Bryan Gil failed to impress against Manchester City and could be dropped in favour of either Richarlison, who returned from a groin issue against the champions, or Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Michail Antonio is the Hammers’ only confirmed absentee while Kurt Zouma is a doubt having missed Sunday’s match with Crystal Palace due to personal reasons, with Kostas Mavropanos likely to keep his place at the heart of defence should West Ham’s captain not make the trip to North London.
West Ham have lost nine of their last ten London derbies and have failed to win any of their last three away matches at Spurs.
Both teams have scored in five of the last seven meetings between these two sides, while the last five clashes in which Spurs have been the hosts have seen over 2.5 goals.
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