Sat. Dec 14th, 2019

West Ham vs Spurs prediction

Tottenham Hotspur’s appointment of Jose Mourinho has filled the club with enthusiasm heading into their clash with rivals West Ham United at the London Stadium this weekend.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss won’t have had long to work with the time prior to Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff, but the Portuguese manager is great at lifting his sides’ confidence, which could be all they need to beat an out-of-from Hammers side.

Spurs do start the weekend’s action in the bottom half and some 11 points off the Champions League places, but the fightback could start as early as this weekend.

Mourinho will have the likes of Harry Kane, Son min-Heung, Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura available to him in attack, against a West Ham defence that have a shaky looking Ricardo between the posts. The East London club have lost four of their last five in the league, with the exception being a 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield United. They have also conceded two or more in five of their past six.

If Jose had been appointed before Wednesday I would class this as a dead cert. Instead, I just think it’s a very good bet, despite the odds already plummeting. I’d be surprised if the visitors didn’t pick up three points on Saturday, even if their away record was atrocious during the final 10 months under Mauricio Pochettino.

Best bet: Tottenham to win is 1.81 with Betfair