Sometimes when your focus is solely on the title race and the race to avoid the drop, you miss out on particular aspects of the Premier League season.
West Ham are a side who everyone thinks are having a worse season than they actually are, although that may be in light of their spending rather than their collective results.
They’re 11th, just six points off Everton, and have scored 29 times in just 18 home games. That’s the thing – you probably weren’t ever sure Pellegrini was still there, such is your indifference to those clubs who have done too much and yet too little to ever merit any sort of attention.
Still, it’s a nice break from Kia Joorabchian, isn’t it?
Spurs on the other hand, well – what to even say about this campaign?
They looked like they were in a title race, before looking like they’d be knocked out of the Champions League due to two tough draws. Then they fell out of the title race and are now favourites to reach a Champions League final for the first time in their club’s history, while also losing one of the best players in the world in the process.
Not to mention they moved into a new stadium that makes the Emirates look like Roker Park, as well as probably losing their manager come season’s end because of this success.
Still, it’s a nice break from almost finishing ahead of Arsenal, isn’t it?
Let’s take a look at these two clashing in the early Saturday kick-off and find a tasty Same Game Multi.
If it wasn’t obvious enough from the above, Spurs are minding themselves. They struggled to get past Brighton the other night and realistically, they’re not going to go full pelt against this West Ham side, especially knowing that not too many will care about this result should they overcome Ajax midweek.
So, with that in mind, and knowing that Spurs have only won 12 of the 22 home meetings against West Ham in the Premier League, there’s a tremendous value play in West Ham or the Draw Double Chance at 15/8.
The Hammers have also scored nine times in their last five trips to Tottenham in the Premier League, as Spurs have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of the meetings between the sides in North London since March 2011.
This gives good weight to the theory that West Ham could well score twice or more in this one, so backing them to net over 1.5 goals is a shrewd punt at 13/5, especially as they’ll carry more bite into this derby than their opponents will.
Finally, Robert Snodgrass is a bit of a sort, isn’t he? The Scot has been booked nine times in his 24 starts and given the tempo we expect West Ham to play at, the 17/10 about him being booked seems favourable.
He’s only started 24 times this year and has somehow amassed nine yellow cards, despite clearly never playing in a side who seem completely bothered about anything.
Early kick-off? Blood and thunder and a same-game multi. Enjoy!
- West Ham or the Draw Double Chance – 15/8
- West Ham over 1.5 goals – 13/5
- Robert Snodgrass to be booked – 17/10
* All odds correct at time of posting and may vary up to kick-off.