Tottenham hosts West Ham United in an English Premier League matchup on June 23, 2020, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Spurs entered the coronavirus pandemic in terrible form as they were winless in five consecutive matches. That trend continued in their first match back as they settled for a draw against Manchester United. Despite their winless run, the Spurs are in the thick of the European battles and a win here would help their cause. On the other hand, West Ham suffered a loss to Wolverhampton in their first game back from the break. They need the points badly from this game onwards if they want to stay afloat in the relegation race.
Entering Sunday’s games, Tottenham is currently in 8th place with a total of 11 wins, 9 draws, and 10 losses for 42 points earned this season. They are trailing a couple of teams for European competition. They are six points behind 4th place, Chelsea, for the final Champions League spot and four points behind fifth-place Manchester United and the Europa League spot. If Manchester United’s ban is upheld, the fifth-place would get a Champions League spot while sixth place would send them the Europa League.
The Spurs returned from the break with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United. Tottenham took the lead in the 27th minute but Manchester United was able to tie the score in the 81st minute via a penalty from Bruno Fernandes. The Hotspur dodged a bullet as the VAR negated a Manchester United penalty in the 90th minute.
Harry Kane leads the Hotspur with a total of 11 goals scored this season. Son Heung-Min has found the back of the net nine times while Dele Alli has netted on seven occasions for Tottenham. Son Heung-Min tops the team with a total of seven assists while midfielder Serge Aurier has a total of five assists and one goal scored.
Tottenham ranks 5th in England with a total of 48 goals scored this term. They are tied for 10th place in defense with a total of 41 goals conceded. The Spurs are 5th in the English Premier League with a total of 31 assists this season while their +7 goal difference is seventh-best in the English top flight.
Odds from BetOnline as of 06/22/2020
West Ham United
West Ham United is on shaky ground right now. They are fourth from the bottom of the English Premier League standings with a record of 7 wins, 6 draws, and 17 defeats with a total of 27 points earned. West Ham is in the relegation battle as the Hammers are one spot clear of safety but are tied with 18th place Bournemouth on points and just one point up on 19th place Aston Villa. If they pull off the win here, West Ham will have a better breathing room in the team standings.
West Ham suffered a miserable 0-2 loss to the Wolves in their first game back from action. The game was tied in the 73rd minute when Raul Jimenez netted to break the deadlock. The Wolves then added the insurance goal via Pedro Neto as they boosted their Champions League quest. Meanwhile, West Ham is now in a dogfight to avoid relegation.
Sebastian Haller leads West Ham with a total of seven goals scored this season while Robert Snodgrass has netted five times and Mark Noble scoring on for occasions. Midfielder Pablo Fornals and Snodgrass lead the team with a total of five assists each this term while Felipe Anderson has four assists and a goal for West Ham United.
The team ranks 11th overall in scoring at 35 goals scored this year. West Ham United is just 17th overall in goals conceded with a total of 52 this term. They are also tied for 10th in the EPL in assists with a total of 26 on the year. West Ham United is tied for 16th in England with a goal difference of -17.
Tottenham is the fifth-best home team in the English Premier League. The Spurs are 8-3-4 with a total of 27 points in matches played at their venue. On the other hand, West Ham is the 7th worst road team in England with an away record of 3-3-9 and a total of 12 points earned in those matches.
These two teams have met in a total of 152 head to head meetings and Tottenham has the advantage with a record of 66-37-49. The Spurs also won their reverse fixture last November via a score of 3-2. However, West Ham defeated Tottenham 1-0 in the match before that last April 27, 2019.
Neither side head to this contest in terrific form and this should be a well-fought and close match. West Ham has lost its last six away fixtures but interestingly, they have two wins and a draw in their last three visits to the Hotspur Stadium.
Tottenham isn’t in top form right now but they are still the better team compared to West Ham United.
West Ham will give the Spurs all they have but it will not be enough. Tottenham needs a big win here to get their confidence back and they should get it in this home game against a struggling West Ham squad.
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham has allowed its opponents to score a total of 10 goals in their last four away matches in the English Premier League while Tottenham has managed to find the back of the net in each of their last four matches. The Spurs have also conceded at least one goal in six out of their last seven home league games and four out of their last six home league matches have seen both sides score. In the last six visits of West Ham United to the Hotspur Stadium, both teams have scored at least one goal.
Prediction: Both Teams to Score – Yes (-143) at Bet365. It’s currently priced the same as picking the Hotspur in the 1X2 odds and if you’re not sure about who’s winning this, go for this bet.