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Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United Betting Preview – Saturday 19th March, 2011

Fri, Mar 18, 10:55am by Kevin Pitstock

The Premier League weekend starts with this all London affair between Spurs and West Ham. Both teams have reason for encouragement going into this one, with Spurs having done what was needed to make it into the last 8 of the Champions League and West Ham, although out of the FA Cup, showing the kind of upturn in Premier League form that could yet get them out of the relegation zone. Add in Harry Redknapp up against his old club and a local derby feel and there is plenty of entertainment to be had here.

purs have dropped to 5th place, outside the Champions League qualification zone after dropping away points in their defeat at Blackpool, and being held to a draw late on by Wolves. It’s ten days since their last game, the 0-0 draw with AC Milan and they have slightly injury concerns over central defender William Gallas. Midfielder Wilson Palacios is rule out with knee surgery, but there could be a start for the hugely talented Gareth Bale. Spurs are defending a proud home record of just one defeat in 24 home Premier League games (to Wigan of all sides) and it’s 5 home wins in the last 7, with the other two draws against Chelsea and Manchester United. Spurs don’t have a brilliant record off the back of European matches but the break here should make all the difference.

There are two contrasting facts you have to take into consideration when looking at the Hammers here. The upside is their recent form – 11 points from the last 6 games and having strikers in form – especially Demba Ba, who has netted 4 times in his last three league games. The down side is they have a horrible record when they go to White Hart Lane. They haven’t won at White Hart Lane this millennium, and have lost 7 of those 10 encounters. The Hammers can welcome back midfielder Gary O’Neil, who couldn’t play in the FA Cup match at Stoke, and they can’t play Robbie Keane either – the terms of his loan don’t allow it. The Hammers beat Spurs 1-0 in the reverse fixture at Upton Park earlier in the campaign.

This feels like it should be a high scoring game so bear that in mind if you like over/under bets. Our forecast is a 3-2 win for Spurs, who should be fresh, confident and have that great home record. The best be here is a Spurs home win at $1.57 with Centrebet.
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