With survival still not secured for the hosts, the Hammers face Spurs at home on Saturday lunchtime, with our tipster backing the visitors to shade a high-scoring gameWest Ham host Tottenham with only two weekends left of the Premier League season. Both teams come into this game still having to pick up points as the Hammers mathematically could still be relegated and Spurs are pushing Everton for fifth place in the league and Europa League qualification.
Sam Allardyce brings his side into this game after four consecutive losses, with defeats against West Brom, Cardiff City, Liverpool and Arsenal seeing pressure from the fans build as they end the season struggling for form.
Although they are five points clear of the bottom three it is the lack of results in recent weeks that will worry Hammers fan more than the 66/1 (67.0) chance that they lose both games and several teams below them pick up enough points to go above them, an eventuality that would require Norwich City to beat both Cheslea and Arsenal.
Paddy Power price them at 3/1 (4.00) to win, a feat which they have only achieved five times at home in the league this season.
Tim Sherwood will be keep to end his reign on a high note after continued speculation regarding who will replace him in the summer.
Spurs have hit some form in April, staying unbeaten and winning three of their four matches. This run has seen them close the gap on Everton, with three points currently separating them from fifth position. Paddy Power price them at 10/11 (1.91) to win this game, with the same firm pricing the draw at 13/5 (3.60).
With both sides likely to go for victory from the off in this encounter, goals would have been the play but the price of 4/6 (1.67) for over 2.5 goals just does not appeal.
The same can be said about the both teams to score bet so it is worth looking elsewhere for a bet.
In the outright market, it is tough to look past Spurs, who have been grinding out wins in the last few weeks, especiall with West Ham in such woeful form. Despite the Hammers not yet being safe, they will feel that it would take something incredible for them to go down, so may already be on their holidays mentally, as we have already seen with several mid-table teams over the last couple of weeks.
Instead of backing the 10/11 (1.91) price of Spurs to continue their fine form, both teams to score and Tottenham to win is worth a small investment at 12/5 (3.40) with Paddy Power. Of Spurs' last four wins, this bet would have landed in three of those games, as well as the last two times that these sides have met in east London.
|Both teams to score and Tottenham to win at 12/5 (3.40) 1pt stake with Paddy Power|
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