Premier League Betting: West Ham vs. Tottenham

Nila Amerova

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 7:42 PM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014 7:42 PM GMT

West Ham United host Tottenham in week 37 betting, boasting poor form and all the while mindful of the fast approaching relegation line. Can the Hammers turn things around? Find out as we breakdown the soccer betting markets on this clash.

Hammers slipping down the table
West Ham United are enjoying a poor run of form ahead of their date with Tottenham at Boleyn Ground, a run of form that consists of four straight defeats and which has them hovering within five points of the relegation zone with just two games left on the season.

Sportsbooks list West Ham United as the least likely to be relegated with +1000 long shot odds in the relegation betting markets. However, they still need the points to actually ensure Premier League survival is a mathematical reality, and with dates against Tottenham and Manchester City looming on the schedule, they are cutting it rather fine.

West Ham United are flush off an away defeat to West Bromwich Albion, a result that marked only the second win on the season for the hosts. Diehard Hammers fans were in uproar, hurling insults at Coach Sam Allardyce and booing their side as it made its hasty exit from the Hawthorns.

Staying in top-flight action is now the only objective of the season; hence the premium on victory is substantial. But odds makers are tipping the Hammers at +300 soccer odds on the home win; clearly, confidence is at an all time low in soccer betting circles.


Tottenham Hotspur Top 6 ambitions
Tottenham Hotspur have a six-point edge over Manchester United in the table but they still need the points to mathematically clinch a Top 6 berth. Therefore, a victory at Upton Park this weekend will be crucial towards that end.

As things currently stand, sportsbooks are confident they’ll accomplish the feat. They are matched at -600 soccer odds to finish Top 6 this season at Bet365. But Manchester United have a game in hand and, thus, a notional shot to usurp the Spurs, which equates to +350 soccer odds.

The Spurs are riding a four-game undefeated streak ahead of week 37 EPL betting, a run of form that saw the Spurs bounced back from a 4-0 defeat at Anfield Stadium with three wins and a draw. They decimated both Sunderland and Fulham at White Hart Lane by a combined score of 8-2 and beat Stoke City 1-0 on the road. The only misstep was a 3-3 draw at West Bromwich Albion on April 12.

With form looking positive ahead of this clash, the Spurs enter their upcoming date with the Hammers at the decided advantage. They are listed at -120 to win outright and in double chance markets the draw or Tottenham win is listed at even stronger soccer odds of -400.

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West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur match betting tips and picks:
At first glance, this would appear to be a road banker. The hosts are in dire straits at the moment; seemingly unable to buy a win no matter how hard they try it’s difficult to see how they would come through on their large +300 soccer odds to win outright. Heck, even the draw is priced out of reach at +275 soccer odds at Bet365.

Meanwhile, the visitors are gobbling up points where they can, especially those deemed to be “easy” points. This upcoming game certainly has the look of another easy three points for the Spurs – three crucial points mind that would go a long way towards that coveted Top 6 finish – and that’s why they do seem to be the correct choice for your soccer picks at -120 to win outright.

Additional bets to consider for this matchup include the totals and half-time betting markets. For the former, sportsbooks favour the Over 2.5 at -143 but there is a strong possibility this match would go Under 2.5, which is being matched at +110. The Spurs have scored four goals in two of their last five away league games. On the flipside, the Hammers have scored six goals in three of their last five home league games. Both are hovering at more or less an average of a goal a game.

Both West Ham United and Tottenham boast similar half-time records: the Hammers are 8-5-8 at home while the Spurs are 8-5-8 on the road. West Ham are a tempting price to win both halves at +600. But since we are leaning towards the Spurs in the outright markets, we’re backing the Spurs in half time betting as well with either the draw-Spurs at +400 or Spurs to win both halves at +188.

Soccer Free Picks: Tottenham to win outright at -120; Under 2.5 at +110

Bonus Free Picks:
Spurs to win both halves at +188 or Draw-Spurs at +400
1-0 for Spurs at +800 at Bet365

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