Tottenham Hotspur travel across London to the Olympic Stadium on Friday night, as they bid to close the gap to Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table to just 1 point.
A victory for Tottenham in this game would be good enough to keep the pressure on Chelsea, who host relegation threatened Middlesbrough on Monday night. With just 4 games remaining, Tottenham cannot afford anything other than a win.
West Ham United find themselves in the bottom half of the table after a disappointing season. They have a large enough cushion over the teams in the relegation battle to breathe a little easier and could realistically finish in the top ten come the end of the season.
West Ham vs. Tottenham
Premier League – Friday 5th May 2017 – 9:00pm
Best Odd of: 17/4 at Ladbrokes
West Ham Form
To say West Ham have been inconsistent this season would be an understatement. The Hammers are currently on an unbeaten run of 4 matches in the Premier League, with 1 win and 3 draws. The victory came against Swansea City and the draws against Sunderland, Everton and most recently, Stoke City.
To put it simply, you just do not know what you are going to get with this West Ham team under Slaven Bilic this season, especially at home. The Hammers have won only 1 of their last 6 Premier League games at the Olympic Stadium and have managed just 6 league wins at home this campaign.
In contrast to West Ham, Tottenham come into this match in great form. Mauricio Pochettino’s team have won each of their last 9 Premier League games, including the excellent 2-0 victory over North London rivals Arsenal last time out.
Tottenham have dropped points away from home this season, which will give West Ham fans a glimmer of hope. Notable poor results on the road for Tottenham include draws at Sunderland, Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion.
However, having won their previous 9 league games, including a clean sheet in each of the last 4, Tottenham will be confident of picking up maximum points.
Team News: Tottenham to Close the Gap on Chelsea
West Ham continue to be without Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang and Michail Antonio, with Arthur Masuaku, Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll rated as doubtful. This means Bilic will probably stick close to the starting XI from the match at Stoke.
Tottenham are waiting on the fitness of full-back Danny Rose but Erik Lamela, Harry Winks and Cameron Carter-Vickers are all out. Pochettino may stick with the team which started against Arsenal, meaning Mousa Dembele and Kyle Walker will be on the bench.
Top Betting Tips
There looks like being only one winner in this game and that’s Tottenham. Defensively they look very strong and you can get 6/4 with Ladbrokes for Tottenham to win to nil.
Having failed to find the back of the net in their two previous games, the best West Ham can realistically hope for is to pick up a point from this game. The draw is on offer at 17/4 with Ladbrokes and the 0-0 final score is 17/1 at PaddyPower.
However, Tottenham are the form team and have won 50% of their last 8 away Premier League games by 2 goals or more. You can get 10/3 with Ladbrokes for Tottenham to win this game by 2 goals.