West Ham vs Tottenham, English Premier League, Match-Day 28.
Kickoff: 19:45 GMT, Wednesday, 2-March-2016.
Tottenham Hotspur face a tough task when they face West Ham side, who have built up their reputation as giant killers this season.
The Spurs have gone into a real powerhouse under Mauricio Pochettino this season and stay at 2 points below Leicester City after their brilliant form since the start of year 2016. They came from a goal down to see-off Swansea on Sunday to grab their sixth consecutive league win, making them the team to beat in the Premier League at this moment.
West Ham had a narrow 1-0 win over relegation candidate Sunderland on Saturday and they hardly seem to in top gear and this could be probably because of mid-week derby against Spurs playing in their mind. The Hammers are sixth in the league, 4 points below the Champions League spot and are in a real chance to reach there, if one of Man City or Arsenal slips in the coming weeks.
Last Five Premier League Matches
West Ham: WDLWD
West Ham are inconsistent with their form in recent matches and have 2 wins, 2 draws and a defeat in their last five matches. While playing at home, they have lost in just two matches this seasons, with those coming as early in August 2015.
West Ham have built up their reputation as giant killers this season and have not lost a single game against the elite clubs in the Premier League. The record in the 7 matches played against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and United reads 5 wins and 2 draws, grabbing a massive 17 points from possible 21.
Tottenham Hotspur have now won 6 of their last Premier League matches in a row, since their 0-1 loss against Leicester City at home. Five out of those six matches have produced over 2.5 goals, with Spurs netting a minimum of 2 goals.
The Spurs have only lost once in their 13 away matches this season so far and that too came on the matchday one against Manchester United. And they have scored at least a goal in each of the 12 away matches since then.
West Ham : Team News
Injured: Diafra Sakho, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Joey O’Brien, Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia
West Ham : Predicted Lineup (4-3-3)
Adrian – Cresswell, Byram, Collins, Ogbonna – Noble, Kouyate, Lanzine – Payet, Antonio, Emenike.
Tottenham: Team News
Injured : Tom Carroll, Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie
Tottenham Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Lloris – Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose – Dier, Alli – Eriksen, Lamela, Son – Kane.
West Ham vs. Tottenham: Head-to-Head Stats
When the teams met in the first leg of their Premier League fixture this season in November, West Ham suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat with Harry Kane netting twice for the Spurs.
The overall record in 5 meetings between West Ham and Spurs is evenly poised with both teams winning 2 matches. In the last four Premier League fixture with West Ham playing at home to Spurs, they shared two each.
West Ham vs. Tottenham: Prediction
The Slaven Bilic managed side has managed some big results against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City this season. But on the other side, they have struggled against traditionally weaker teams. They will go into this game hoping their start player Dimitri Payet will deliver them the good once again.
Tottenham Hotspur are on the best run of form this season and at touching distance to win Premier League and will be keen to maintain their pressure on Leicester City. And they will be bolstered by a number of travelling fans who desperately want to see their club finish above Arsenal at the end of this season.
Judging by the current form, this is a straight win for Spurs, if not fatigue plays a role considering their recent run of fixtures.
Statistical Betting Prediction for West Ham vs. Tottenham