This is the reverse fixture of Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge where his new side ran out 3-2 winners at the London Stadium. He would have been hoping he could influence the defence more after that result, though his team haven’t collected too many clean sheets since, with just three from 27 matches across all competitions under the Portuguese coach now.
However, they held firm at the back until the 81st minute hosting Man Utd on the restart, even if their own 27th-minute strike came against the run of play, but this was a far more Mourinho-like performance than we’ve been accustomed to so far.
Although a question mark still remains surrounding the backline, the return to fitness of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Steven Bergwijn should ensure the hosts don’t misfire here.
-1 Handicap Draw (Spurs Win By 1 Goal)
No team has managed to thwart Mourinho’s outfit in their past 10 domestic outings since a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road, with all three FA Cup games in this sample coming against bottom-half Premier League sides like West Ham.
David Moyes’ rearguard doesn’t offer much encouragement either. The Hammers may have been level with Wolves until the 73rd minute on Saturday, but their 2-0 defeat means they’ve now gone W1-D2-L8 across all tournaments since early January. They shipped at least two goals in six of the last nine, with the exceptions Southampton, Arsenal and Championship outfit West Brom.
Goal scored in minutes 76-90 (Yes)
Late goals have become a habit in West Ham’s games and five of their last eight in the league have seen at least one strike in the final 15 minutes.
That includes each of their past three encounters with top-half outfits, while for Spurs, seven of their past 10 domestic matches have seen a goal in that same time bracket.
Of course, West Ham’s problems go back further than David Moyes and to illustrate their plight, they’re a terrible W5-D4-L18 since late September in all competitions.
They should provide ideal opponents for Spurs to get back on track then, though aside from a 4-1 loss away at Leicester at the back end of January – with the Foxes firing twice in the final 10 minutes to add gloss to the scoreline – the Hammers haven’t been ripped apart by anyone with no one else winning by more than two clear goals.
Spurs To Beat West Ham 3-2
Spurs have only beaten West Ham by more than a single strike in one of 10 matches across all competitions since 2016, including all eight Premier League fixtures, so the margin of victory should be slim.
In fact, eight of Mourinho’s 10 domestic victories as Spurs’ boss have came by a single goal, including against the likes of Bournemouth, Brighton, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Southampton, Villa and West Ham themselves.
Given four of these finished 2-1 and another four 3-2, while both teams have found the net in five of seven head-to-heads since 2017/18 in all competitions, the correct score could also be worth a pop as well.
ODDS ARE CORRECT AS OF 23 JUNE HOWEVER ARE SUBJECT TO FLUCTUATIONS