Kane has scored five of his side’s last nine goals against the Hammers
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Friday, September 22, 2017
Harry Kane has scored five of Tottenham’s last nine goals against West Ham and looks primed to put the Hammers to the sword again this weekend. Unibet have crunched the Opta stats to come up with some interesting predictions ahead of the London Stadium showdown.
West Ham have beaten Tottenham more times (14) than they have any other club in the Premier League
West Ham’s Premier League record against Tottenham is middling at best. It reads W14 D8 L20. Yet at home the Hammers have enjoyed plenty of success, with 10 victories from 21 previous clashes. Last term they edged Spurs 1-0 at the London Stadium — just one of seven league victories at their new home. The Hammers finally got up and running last week with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield at London Stadium. They’ve since backed that up with a 0-0 draw at West Brom and Tuesday’s 3-0 League Cup result over Bolton. Suddenly things are looking bright for manager Slaven Bilic.
West Ham to win/draw is 7/5
Tottenham are looking to win their opening three away games of a league season for the first time since the 1991/92 campaign
Tottenham, like West Ham last year, are settling into a new stadium this term and Wembley has not been kind to them. They are yet to win there in the league (D2 L1), while away from home Spurs have been excellent. A 2-0 result at Newcastle on the opening day of the season was followed by a 3-0 victory at Everton. Playing away, against home teams that are expected to come forward, aids Spurs’ attacking game, as Harry Kane has more space to muscle his way around. The last time Spurs opened a league season with three away wins was in 1991 when they turned over Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Norwich.
Spurs to win is 3/5
Harry Kane has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances against West Ham
Harry Kane has enjoyed September. He boasts six goals for club and country after drawing a blank in August. And this weekend he comes up against a side where finding the net is becoming his forte. Kane has scored braces in two of his last five appearances against West Ham. During that period, his five goals in total have earned Spurs seven points. Yet all five of those goals have come at home. Kane is yet to score an away goal at West Ham and the Hammers beat their London rivals 1-0 at home both last season and the campaign before that. Kane may therefore be Spurs’ best avenue to three points on Saturday.
Kane to score and Spurs win at 29/20
Manuel Lanzini has scored three of West Ham’s last five games against Spurs but misses Saturday’s match through injury
West Ham have struggled for goals this season and in recent years against Spurs, have rarely romped to victory. It’s been eight games since the Hammers last put three or more past Spurs and Saturday is unlikely to witness any change to that. Lanzini scored eight times for West Ham last season and without him they certainly look blunted going forward. The Hammers have scored in just two of their five league games so far and come up against a Spurs side that have conceded just once in their last four across all competitions.
West Ham not to score at 29/20
Pablo Zabaleta is joint-top with Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon for the most yellow cards (4) after five Premier League games
Pablo Zabaleta arrived at West Ham on a free transfer from Manchester City this summer as Pep Guardiola instigated a squad clear-out. The Argentine was drafted in to Slaven Bilic’s side to provide competition for Sam Byram at right-back. But Byram appears to be dramatically fading from Bilic’s plans and the former Leeds United star has barely got a look in. Instead, the Hammers are coping with an ageing Zabaleta at full-back. The 32-year-old has been booked in four of his five appearances this season but this is not because West Ham are playing dirty. Angelo Ogbonna (1) is the only other Hammers defender to receive a caution so far, highlighting just how off the pace Zabaleta is.
Zabaleta to get booked 7/4