Tottenham 2-0 West Ham – Betting Review
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Spurs were the clear favourites @ 1.83 and the clear winners. For once, their backers got a smooth ride here, though the host drifted to around 2.15 before scoring.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. The home side didn’t start with much spark but were very commanding and looked good value for this handicap. Tottenham -0.75 covered the spread nicely with the 2nd goal, never looking in doubt, winning @ 2.06.
Looking at The Under/Over goal line last of all. As outlined in the betting analysis of the preview, we expected that the game would be one without too much intensity as it suited both, but for differing reasons. And that is what happened in the first half particularly. Under 2.5 @ 1.95 was the recommendation and the result in this market.
Tottenham absolutely cruised to a win over a sorry West Ham side which despite it being a London derby, barely laid a glove on the host. The first half was a forgettable affair without chances of note, but with Conte’s team clearly controlling and probing more.
The second period was a much more productive and effective performance from Spurs. The home side lifted their intensity and in doing so, scored two goals and had an ever-present threat when they attacked with purpose.
The source of the goals was a surprise but for different reasons. The rejuvenated Emerson Royal side footed the all-important opener and then the badly out of form Son, once more scoring off the bench, made it 2-0.
For a one-sided game where Tottenham were extremely comfortable once ahead, 2-0 is a perfectly fair score.
There was plenty of motivation for both teams. Spurs knew a win sent them into 4th placed Newcastle United. while West Ham needed a response after dropping into the relegation zone with all three all of those behind them winning on the Saturday.
The game didn’t begin with much promise for Tottenham when Jarrod Bowen flashed marginally wide of Fraser Forster’s post in the opening minute. That was genuinely as good as it got for the visitor.
Spurs took greater control in the last quarter-hour of the half but struggled to trouble Fabianski much.
Harry Kane sat in the ‘number 10’ role at times in this contest, he released Richarlison whose shot was saved. Lenglet then headed over on the resulting corner.
The Hammers were pinned back as Spurs began the second half like a different team. The Hammers made two mistakes but were let off by poor efforts from Richarlison and Kane respectively.
It was eventually Spurs’ wing-backs who combined to open the scoring, much to the delight of the coaching staff. Ben Davies raced into the area and slip through Emerson Royal, who nonchalantly placed into the corner with the keeper left standing still.
Bowen almost provided an instant response, but Fraser Forster was equal to his effort.
Having been left out of the starting lineup for the first time since September, Son Heung-min doubled Spurs’ right after coming on, with the goal owing a lot to a perfectly rimed through ball by Kane.