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bet365’s Thursday night preview: Dubravka to answer Howe’s prayers in Pope’s absence? Leaky Spurs too good for West Ham?


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Tottenham v West Ham

Tottenham - 3/4

Draw - 16/5

West Ham - 10/3

West Ham travel to Tottenham on Thursday for their second London derby in five days, where they will be hoping to land a first victory at the home of their rivals since 2019.

However, that will be a tough task given Spurs’ strong start to the season and, coming off the back of a well-earned 3-3 draw with champions Manchester City on Sunday, the hosts should be feeling confident come 8.15pm.

Tottenham v West Ham Information

  • Where is Tottenham v West Ham? Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
  • When is Tottenham v West Ham? 20:15, Thursday 7th December
  • Where can I watch Tottenham v West Ham? Amazon Prime Video

Tottenham v West Ham Predictions

Tottenham to win and both teams to score - 2/1

David Moyes’ side have been defeated three of their last four away matches, losing by an aggregate score of 10-4 in that run, with some late heroics at strugglers Burnley the only reason they avoided making that four away losses on the bounce.

Injuries looked to be taking their toll on Spurs and they suffered three consecutive losses before earning a point in Manchester, however that 3-3 draw with the champions was an extremely positive result and a sign that things may be fine going forward for the Lilywhites.

While Spurs should be too strong for their East London rivals, they may not be able to keep a clean sheet against their visitors as has been the case in ten of their last 11 meetings with the Irons.

Cristian Romero will return to the line-up after his three-match suspension, but Micky van de Ven remains sidelined and his pace at the back will be sorely missed against the speed of West Ham attackers Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen.

The Hammers are expert counter-attackers and will look to exploit the space in behind Spurs’ high defensive line, which could lead to them landing a blow in defeat. Both teams have scored in five of the last seven meetings between the two sides and take the same outcome alongside a Tottenham win on Thursday night.

Dejan Kulusevski - First Goalscorer - 9/1

Spurs have opened the scoring in their last eight matches and will be looking to make another fast start in this London derby, with their weekend hero Dejan Kulusevski a likely provider of the opening goal.

The Swedish winger netted late on to secure a point for Postecoglou’s men on Sunday and will be looking to notch a third goal in five games.

The Hammers have looked weak down their left side all season, with Nayef Aguerd in particular at fault for numerous goals this campaign, and Kulusevski could exploit that deficiency in the Hammers’ defence and get on the scoresheet once again.

The Swede opened the scoring in Spurs’ last London derby, against Chelsea and could repeat the feat on Thursday, although it may be worth utilising the each-way feature which would offer a third of the odds should Kulusevski score at any time instead of first.

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Everton v Newcastle

Everton - 2/1

Draw - 12/5

Newcastle - 11/8

Precious away wins at Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest have boosted Everton’s survival prospects, but it’s home wins that have eluded Sean Dyche’s Premier League strugglers.

They would love to secure just a second home win of the season but know it will be a tough task against high-flying Newcastle United, who are buzzing after beating Manchester United at the weekend.

Everton v Newcastle Information

  • Where is Everton v Newcastle? Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • When is Everton v Newcastle? 19:30, Thursday 7th December
  • Where can I watch Everton v Newcastle? Amazon Prime

Tottenham v West Ham Predictions

Martin Dubravka over 2.5 saves - 4/6

Martin Dubravka will replace Nick Pope between the Newcastle sticks at Goodison Park after the England keeper picked up an injury at the weekend, and the Slovak veteran can expect to be busy.

The 34-year-old will be making just his second Premier League start in 18 months after coming off the bench in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Manchester United.

He’s a reliable goalkeeper who will earn his keep against an Everton side with a reputation for creating chances but not taking many.

Everton go into this midweek round of games sitting 18th in the table following their points deduction and joint 17th in the goals scored table.

Yet in the standings for shots taken, Everton are seventh, averaging 14.5 shots per game, more than the likes of Brighton, Chelsea and Newcastle.

Clearly their problem is they don’t take many - just 15 goals scored - and it’s a problem Sean Dyche is struggling to address. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a handful but just not clinical enough while Beto cuts a hugely frustrating figure.

In Everton’s last home game against Manchester United, the man of the match, according to most judges, was the visiting keeper Andre Onana, who was forced to make six saves.

The Toffees will be positive and get their shots off and Dubravka to make at least three saves looks a really solid platform for the Bet Builder.

Idrissa Gueye over 2.5 tackles - 5/4

The engine room pairing of Idrissa Gueye and James Garner worked a treat at the City Ground on Saturday evening, with Everton winning 1-0.

Gueye was more combative than creative and the Senegalese ace will have to bear his teeth once again with Newcastle the visitors.

He put in two tackles against Forest, having totted up three a week earlier at home to Manchester United.

Gueye has made 26 tackles in 11 appearances this season (10 starts) and with Newcastle almost bound to dominate possession at Goodison, his bite in midfield will be critical.

Under 6 Newcastle corners - 8/13

Newcastle are 11/8 to win at Goodison which looks short enough for a side who have won just once in the Premier League away from home this season, and that was at bottom club Sheffield United.

They are clearly a very decent team, good enough to be playing in the Champions League, but it’s evident their best work is done at St James’ Park rather than on the road.

The statistics are emphatic. The Toon have played ten away matches in all competitions this season, winning just 33 corners, or 3.3 per game.

Injuries are biting on Tyneside, especially in the midst of a packed fixture schedule and against an Everton team who will be super-competitive.

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