Betway Insider’s View of the Opposition: Tottenham Hotspur

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West Ham have the opportunity to derail Tottenham’s title ambitions for the third successive season.

That might seem a little premature in September, but several disappointing results means Mauricio Pochettino’s side are already five points off the pace.

Recent history is not on their side in this fixture, either.

In March 2016, West Ham produced a brilliant performance at the Boleyn Ground to clinch a 1-0 victory and prevent the visitors from leapfrogging Leicester City at the top of the table.

Just over 12 months later, with Spurs chasing Chelsea, the Hammers achieved an identical result, this time at the London Stadium.

Both of those victories were built on solid five-man defences, a system that Slaven Bilic has returned to in recent weeks, achieving consecutive clean sheets against Huddersfield and West Brom respectively.

It is also a system that Spurs still struggle to break down.

Andy Carroll

Against Swansea last weekend, Pochettino’s side enjoyed 75 per cent possession – their highest in a Premier League match since Opta began recording this data in 2003-04.

That possession was rarely converted into clear-cut chances, however, due to the Swans’ stifling the central areas that Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christen Eriksen love to operate in, which resulted in just eight of their 26 shots hitting the target.

At the other end of the pitch, Spurs’ defence remains one of the strongest in the division, with the speed of Davinson Sanchez helping their high defensive line.

Sanchez, however, has never faced a striker with the power and aerial prowess of Andy Carroll, who is nearing full fitness.

Saturday's game is a massive test for him.

KEY NUMBERS

0 – Joe Hart hasn’t conceded in either of his last two appearances.

2 – West Ham’s last two home games v Spurs have been 1-0 wins.

3 – Spurs haven’t won at West Ham in more than three years.

RECOMMENDED BETS

West Ham to keep a clean sheet – 9/2

West Ham to win 1-0 – 12/1

Andy Carroll to score – 23/10

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