While Tottenham fans will always eye games against Arsenal as the potential highlight of their season, for West Ham fans, nothing quite beats getting one over the Lilywhites.
A treble of victories in meetings last season will have been beyond most Hammers fans’ wildest dreams, but they were certainly good value for each and every win.
The sides don’t have to wait long for the first London derby of the season, and we are anticipating a cracker. Here are our three best bets ahead of the action at E13.
The last person to give Spurs a half-time lead at Upton Park? A certain Micky Hazard, way back in December 1993. In a bumper run of 18 games, the Irons have avoided going into the break at the Boleyn behind, leading in 11 of them.
While the incumbent in the Hammers dugout isn’t known for his gung-ho approach he will know the importance, not only to the fans, but also to his job, and will be desperate to avoid an early slip-up.
Tottenham were no quick starters on the road last season, holding a lead after 45 minutes in just five of 19 Premier League travels. With the draw covered for insurance, this looks cracking value.
Labelled a flop by some, after a season in which he failed to pull up any trees at White Hart Lane, a fruitful season could be retribution for the Spaniard.
Having netted 59 in 101 appearances for Valencia, he clearly doesn’t lack an aptitude for finding the net. With a trio of goals, in a handful of encouraging pre-season performances, this year could be different for the striker.
While fellow forward Emanuel Adebayour arguably poses the bigger threat to the West Ham backline, at the prices, Soldado looks the bet to get his name on the scoresheet.
A bit of a speculative one, but with last season’s trio of victories fresh in his mind, Big Sam will know what a win over Spurs means. While the two have had contrasting pre-seasons – Spurs going unbeaten, and West Ham winning just once – those non-competitive ties are rarely a good indicator of things to come.
For example, back in 2010/11, an outstanding preparation for the campaign was delivered by Avram Grant’s Hammers, side winning six of their seven games, drawing the other. The result come the end of the season…relegation to the Championship.
Sam Allardyce will know his team’s strengths and weaknesses, while Mauricio Pochettino could yet need time to find his best system with Tottenham in the Premier League. The home side to win at 13/5 tempts, but having conceded in 32 of 38 league games during the last campaign, backing the visitors to get on the scoresheet bolsters the price somewhat.
All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing
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