West Ham vs Tottenham preview, betting tips and predictions: Tight London derby could be decided late in the day

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Draw HT/Tottenham FT @ 7/2 with Betfair

Tottenham win with -1 handicap @ 17/10 with Betfair

Score draw @ 9/2 with Betfair

West Ham can come into this game looking at it in one of two ways. Either they worry about the fact they desperately need a win, having only picked up three points once in their opening five games, or they come into it with confidence having steadied the ship. Two games unbeaten, with back to back clean sheets, suggests they will not be the pushovers they appeared just a couple of weeks ago.

They face a Tottenham side who have failed to show consistency so far this term, but sadly for West Ham, their poor performances have unsurprisingly come at their temporary home of Wembley. A defeat to Chelsea first off, followed by draws with Burnley and most recently Swansea, means Mauricio Pochettino will be expecting them to bounce back on Saturday lunchtime. They took their time to break down a solid Newcastle side at St James’ Park on the opening day, but they have also romped past Everton, who left themselves pretty exposed. Having kept it tight at the back against Huddersfield and West Brom recently, we are backing the Hammers to make it hard for Spurs, but if they are patient, the class of the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane should tell late on. Spurs have shown they pick their moments, and at 7/2 with Betfair, they are well priced to do it in this game.

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Marko Arnautovic will be in line to start after returning from his ban at West Brom last weekend. The Austrian should offer more creativity to the side, which was severely lacking in games against Newcastle and the Baggies. Andre Ayew will be keen to build on his two goals against Huddersfield too, and with Javier Hernandez in the side, goals are always a possibility. Last season’s hero in the corresponding fixture last year, Manuel Lanzini, will miss out through injury, but West Ham do have enough quality to score the first goals against Spurs as a home side this season. If they do that, 9/2 for a score draw looks very much worth a bet with Betfair.

If Spurs do play like they did against Everton, it could be a long afternoon for West Ham. Harry Kane has found his shooting boots in September, and his performances in the Premier League and Champions League have been impressive. Dele Alli also has two goals to his name so far this term. The longer the game goes on, the better the hosts will fair, but a handicap bet will look good with an early goal for the visitors.

Key battle: Ben Davies vs Michail Antonio 

It is tough to read how Slaven Bilic will set up in this game. Against West Brom, he played Antonio close to Andy Carroll up front and Hernandez on the opposite side. Given Spurs’ preference is to press high up the pitch, it would be best to play directly to Carroll with long balls and crosses, easily getting through a midfield which usually looks to suffocate teams.

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Davies is a key part of this press at left back, and with the pace of Antonio on the right, West Ham could cause him some issues, especially if he pushes high up the pitch quite often. Through balls for Antonio to chase will put Davies on the back foot and also provide a wide route to Carroll up front.

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