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Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Match preview

Tottenham Hotspur are not in good form right now, so will be wary, with fierce rivals West Ham United coming to town.

Last weekend, Spurs were spanked 4-1 at the King Power by Leicester, despite taking an early lead through Rodrigo Bentancur.

This leaves Antonio Conte’s team fifth, two points below Newcastle, having lost seven of their last 13 Premier League outings.

Then, on Tuesday night, Spurs took on A.C. Milan at San Siro in the Champions League round of 16.

In truth, Tottenham did well to only lose 1-0, with Milan scoring after just seven minutes, only to then squander two clear-cut opportunities.

Before the second leg on 8 March, can Spurs climb above Newcastle into the top four?

Of course, David Moyes’ men would love to win that competition, but they also need to make sure they stay clear of the relegation zone.

Last weekend, the Hammers held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium, with Emerson Palmieri equalising against his former employes.

So, having won just one of their last ten league fixtures, the Irons start the weekend a mere two points and two places clear of danger.

Back in April 2019, West Ham became the first visiting side to win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, although they’re winless in four in N17 since then, losing three.

Can the Hammers claim a famous victory, thereby adding to Tottenham’s misery?

Tottenham Hotspur team news

Antonio Conte has remained in Italy to recover from his gallbladder surgery, so Cristian Stellini will take charge of this one.

The assistant has already stepped up twice this season, overseeing wins over Marseille and Man City, so has a win ratio that’s second to none (don’t tell Tim Sherwood).

Midfield though remains a problem position, with both Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma out long-term.

In better news, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who was suspended on Tuesday, will return here, probably in place of Oliver Skipp, with Pape Matar Sarr thereby remaining in the side.

In goal, with Hugo Lloris out, Fraser Forster will continue to deputise.

Big-money January signing Pedro Porro endured a debut to forget at Leicester, so Emerson could remain at right-wing-back.

Richarlison is yet to score in the Premier League for Spurs, so will once again be on the bench.

Predicted XI (5-2-3): Forster; Emerson, Romero, Dier, Davies, Perišić; Højbjerg, Sarr; Kuluševski, Son Hueng-min, Kane.

West Ham United team news

West Ham have had a full week to prepare for this one, so David Moyes has little reason to tinker.

A couple of changes could be enforced; Lucas Paquetá hobbled off early against Chelsea and, if he’s not fit, Tomáš Souček will be Declan Rice’s partner.

Meanwhile Nayef Aguerd also picked up an injury in that game, with Ben Johnson coming on.

David Moyes has deployed a back three in recent weeks and, despite a lack of centre-back options, the shape is likely remain in place.

Michail Antonio has scored six times against Tottenham, only netting more frequently against Watford in his career.

Defender Kurt Zouma, winger Maxwel Cornet and striker Gianluca Scamacca are all injured, but Danny Ings is fit and available again.

Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Fabiański; Johnson, Kehrer, Ogbonna; Coufal, Rice, Souček, Emerson; Bowen, Benrahma, Antonio.

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