Spurs to flatten Hammers
Frank Monkhouse | 5 May 2017
Kane loves a goal against West Ham
Friday night football comes to us live from Stratford in the form of a tantalising London derby, when West Ham host title-chasing Spurs. Will the Hammers flatten their neighbours’ hopes of overthrowing Chelsea? Local fans certainly hope so.
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Visitors arrive full of confidence
Tottenham kept up their title charge last weekend when battling past Arsenal 2-0 in a fascinating north London derby at White Hart Lane. Alli and Kane – who else – scored the goals that mattered, and although time is running out, there’s a real sense of belief in the Lilywhites’ camp entering the home straight.
That win ensured Spurs will finish higher in the league than Arsenal for the first time since 1995. That will come as no surprise to followers of the Premier League, with a sorry looking Gunners kicking their heels down in sixth, but it does rate as a massive achievement for the club and its ambitious band of players.
The three points earned just five days ago means Friday’s visitors are now on a nine-match winning run in the league, and the perfect 10 over West Ham would budge then to within a point of pole positon, heaping the pressure on Chelsea, who host Middlesbrough on Monday.
Kane to bag a brace – the stats think so
Tottenham won 3-2 when meeting West Ham in the reverse of this fixture back in November, goals from Winks and a Kane double sealing the deal, while Antonio and Lanzini made a game of it, before Winston Reid was sent off at the death.
It hardly seems worth mentioning anymore, but hot-shot Harry Kane loves a goal against West Ham, scoring five in the last four renewals of this fixture. He netted against Arsenal last weekend, and got another vs Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final before that. The 23-year-old striker can be backed at 5/2 to score first here, or 4/6 to bulge the net at any time during play.
What is worth jotting down is that he has scored a double in two of his last three meetings with Friday’s opponents, and our traders are giving a value 2/1 on him scoring at least a brace again. That’s worth careful consideration.
Spurs to nil a lively option
Each of Tottenham’s last four victories have come without conceding, beating Arsenal, Palace, Bournemouth and Watford to nil during that purple patch. That will catch the attention of lovers of a price, and we will give you 31/20 on them doing it again.
If you’d prefer a bit of a safety net, confidence can be taken from the fact only one side has scored in each of the last three meetings when West Ham have been at home vs Spurs. Clicking no in the both teams to score coupon should pull its weight in your Friday multiples, at 21/20.