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West Ham v Spurs: Premier League betting tips, predicted line-ups & essential facts
West Ham: Adrian; Demel, Collins, Reid, Cresswell; Jarvis, Noble, Diami, Nolan, Downing, Cole
Aaron Cresswell is likely to be handed his debut at left back in what promises to be another lively London derby. Star striker Andy Carroll is out injured for 4 months with torn ankle ligaments so Carlton Cole will lead the line this weekend with new signing Mauro Zarate not considered match fit.
Spurs: Lloris; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Davies; Lamela, Paulinho, Dembele, Eriksen, Townsend; Adebayor
Ben Davies is expected to start at left back with fellow summer acquisition Eric Dier also pushing for a start in defence. New boss Mauricio Pochettino has to decide which of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado will be given a starting berth up front. Lewis Holtby impressed in pre-season and will be giving his manager a selection headache.
West Ham v Spurs preview:
Tottenham travel to West Ham on Saturday afternoon in a meeting that has thrown up some interesting results recently.
Andy Carroll will be a big miss for Sam Allardyce’s West Ham, with the big England striker ruled out for 4 months.
Goalkeeper Adrian has struggled in pre-season but will hope to return to form in time for their Premier League opener this weekend.
Tottenham come into the Premier League season high on confidence, winning 4 and drawing 1 of their 5 friendlies.
Pochettino has plenty of options in midfield and attack, with last season’s star player Christian Eriksen the only certain starter.
However, Moussa Dembele, Paulinho, Jan Vertonghen and Nacer Chadli all have to pass late fitness tests.
101GG predicts: West Ham 1 – Spurs 1.
Some essential facts and stats to help with online betting on West Ham v Spurs:
West Ham beat Tottenham on each of the three occasions the two sides met last season.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is unbeaten is his last three encounters with Mauricio Pochettino, winning one and drawing two against Southampton.
Spurs have won just 4 of their last 16 opening day Premier League fixtures, picking up 16 points from a possible 48.
Tottenham recorded 10 away wins in the 2013/2014 season. Only Arsenal managed more (11).
Spurs struggled in derbies last season, scoring 9 in their last 10 London derbies.
- Updated: August 15, 2014