After doing a league and cup treble over Spurs last season, the Hammers will hope their fine form continues against their London rivals and our tipster is backing goals
West Ham host Tottenham on the opening day of the Premier League as Mauricio Pochettino takes charge of his first competitive match as Spurs boss after joining from Southampton this summer.
He oversaw a strong pre-season which saw Spurs go unbeaten, winning four of their five friendly matches.
His opposite number Sam Allardyce will hope he can start the campaign off with a bang, with pressure mounting over his position over the summer.
Allardyce is favourite with the bookmakers to be the first Premier League manager to leave his position, and he could fear for his job if he doesn’t provided the results from the off, especially given a number high profile signings.
The Hammers had a poor pre-season by all accounts, winning only one match in normal time, losing three. bet365 price them at 11/4 (3.75) to take the three points from their opening Premier League encounter, with the firm pricing Spurs as favourites at even money (2.00).
These two sides usually produce entertaining matches, with the scoreline only finishing in a draw in two of their last 14 meetings. bet365 price this outcome at 5/2 (3.50).
Last season West Ham dominated proceedings against Spurs, winning all three meetings in the league and the League Cup. Despite them getting the better of Spurs with ease in the recent head-to-head standings, it’s tough to back them when you compare preparations for the new season.
Instead of looking at the outright markets, over 2.5 goals at even money (2.00) seems like a fantastic price with bet365. This bet would have landed in four of the last five head-to-head matches, as well as in four of Spurs' five pre-season games this summer.
Pochettino instilled an attacking, fast paced philosophy into his Southampton side before swapping the South Cost for White Hart Lane and with both sides boasting plenty of goals goalscoring potential in their ranks punters could profit from a high scoring encounter on opening day. With this bet also landing in four of West Ham’s summer friendlies, expect plenty of goals in East London.
|Over 2.5 goals at even money (2.00) for a 2pt stake with bet365