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Premier League betting preview: Tottenham favourites to beat West Ham

20/2/2015
This Sunday’s midday kick-off features two sides hot on the heels of the Premier League’s top four, as Tottenham host West Ham in a match that could be crucial to the make-up of England’s European contingent next season.

In their last game, Tottenham twice pegged back an improving Liverpool but were ultimately broken by Mario Balotelli’s first goal in 13 league appearances.

Pochettino’s team have looked strong in recent weeks however, having beaten Chelsea and Arsenal at home, and are likely to persist with the dynamic pairing of Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason in midfield, sidelining established internationals such as the Brazilian Paulinho.

West Ham’s own fine run of form has hit the buffers somewhat this last month, taking one point from nine in tricky fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United and Southampton, before suffering a chastening 4-0 defeat to Tony Pulis’ West Brom in the FA Cup.

Spurs are clear favourites to overcome Sam Allardyce’s men at home, with the midfield nous of Danish schemer Christian Eriksen supporting Kane either as a traditional number 10 or on the left-hand side of an attacking trident.

Much has been made of young Englishman Harry Kane’s goalscoring feats in the past few weeks, with the 21-year-old bagging 23 so far in a breakout first full season.

Whilst it would be foolish to heap too much pressure on the shoulders of the forward, Kane has showed no signs of buckling under the weight of his newfound responsibility to Mauricio Pochettino’s team, and odds of 4.33 from Winner to be the first goalscorer certainly appear solid.

However, despite the Hammers’ collapse against West Brom, it would be misguided to discount a side containing the likes of Barcelona’s Alex Song, flying wing-back Aaron Cresswell and the rejuvenated Stewart Downing, and a draw, priced at 3.80 by Winner, is a real possibility.

Tom Lewis
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