Spurs to Hammer Irons for Second Season Running

Spurs beat West Ham 4-1 at White Hart Lane last season.

Tottenham thrashed West Ham 4-1 at White Hart Lane in last season’s corresponding English Premier League fixture and one rates Spurs as good bets to beat the Irons on Saturday.

Much has been made of West Ham’s move to the London Stadium and how transferring from the Boleyn Ground to the former Olympic Games venue has eroded its home advantage. But West Ham has lost four of its five English Premier League away matches and the bulk of its results have been poor. For example, West Ham has not earned any points from its six English Premier League games versus teams in the top 11.

Tottenham slid down the English Premier League ladder during Harry Kane’s injury-enforced absence but Spurs are the only undefeated team in the division despite being without their star striker. And according to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Tottenham enjoys a 5-2-1 lead over West Ham based on the results of their respective matches against eight fellow top-flight sides. Tottenham is a live English Premier League championship contender, whereas West Ham is a bottom-half-of-the-ladder team that overachieved last term. One was not Slaven Bilic’s biggest fan before West Ham hired him and one thinks that the Croatian’s luck may be running out like it did in his other recent jobs.

At odds of -189  with several bookmakers, including Betfred, BoyleSports and Coral, Tottenham is the headline selection on an English Premier League card that kicks off with the early Saturday game between Manchester United and Arsenal. One does not hold strong views about the Old Trafford match but one is quite keen on the games at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton and Selhurst Park in south London.

Bet365‘s odds of +333  about English Premier League leader Liverpool winning despite conceding at least one goal at Southampton on Saturday are too tempting to overlook.

Liverpool is the English Premier League’s highest scoring side but its defence ranks just ninth in the division having conceded 14 goals and kept one clean sheet. The Liverpool of Jurgen Klopp is playing football akin to the Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle team of the 1990’s, a side that had the philosophy that attacking was much more important than defending.

Eleven rounds into the English Premier League season and Liverpool and Southampton have had eight common opponents. According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Liverpool boasts a 7-0-1 edge over Southampton – the exception to the general rule being Burnley, which lost 1-3 at the Saints two months ago after beating the Reds 2-0 at Turf Moor in one of the most remarkable recent matches.

Both teams have scored in nine of Liverpool’s 11 English Premier League games and the Reds have won eight matches without shutting out their rivals. Both teams have scored in six of Southampton’s 11 English Premier League games and the Saints have not kept a clean sheet in their six matches versus sides positioned above it on the ladder.

Last but not least, William Hill is laying odds of +200  about Manchester City and both teams scoring when the Citizens tackle Crystal Palace on Saturday.

One cannot get stuck into Manchester City at odds on because the Citizens are level with Crystal Palace at 4-4 according to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis.

But one thinks that it is worth taking a punt on Manchester City at odds against to get the better of Crystal Palace but not without conceding a goal. Manchester City has shut out only two sides in its first 11 English Premier League games under Pep Guardiola – Bournemouth at home and West Bromwich in the Black Country. Crystal Palace’s attack is the English Premier League;s fifth most productive having found the back of the bet 16 times in the competition’s opening 11 rounds.

Tips Summary

Tottenham to beat West Ham
Saturday 19th November, 17:30 GMT
Odds:  -189

Liverpool to Win and BTTS
Saturday 19th November, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +333

Manchester City to Win and BTTS
Saturday 19th November, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +200

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