In recent seasons, West Ham’s record against Tottenham has been good. They won 1-0 in their last clash at Upton Park, but the Hammers have struggled to overcome big opponents at their new home, the London Stadium.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal all comprehensively won at the former Olympic Park, while Chelsea also found it easy. West Ham are still trying to settle into their new surroundings, but in an arena such as that it is no surprise that the bigger teams feel well at home.
The intimidation factor from Upton Park is no more. That came from the home fans being so tight to the pitch. Opponents simply did not enjoy going there, but now the atmosphere is completely different and it suits visitors more.
Spurs themselves have suffered with similar problems at Wembley Stadium in the Champions League this season, with teams definitely upping their game for the great stadia. But more important is the need for three points, and a good Premier League bet here is Dele Alli to score first in an away win at betfair.
The 21-year-old England midfield sensation has been in unbelievable form this season, scoring his 17th league goal of the campaign in the North London Derby against Arsenal last week. Very few teams have found a way to stop him because of the free role he is afforded by Mauricio Pochettino. He drifts in and out of central areas but is not afraid to get in the box either.
Enabled by the creativity of Christian Eriksen and the linkup play of Harry Kane, Alli is also given more of a license by the width provided by the Spurs fullbacks. But with Kyle Walker at the centre of reports suggesting he and Pochettino have fallen out, Kieran Trippier could once again step in. He not as competent in attack as Walker, so could be an area West Ham could look to break out down the left.
Spurs are known mainly for their high pressing game, but should he prove fit enough, Andy Carroll will be the perfect ammunition for Slaven Bilic. Getting the ball past Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama, or Eric Dier, will be key, and playing long balls for Carroll to hold up will give them more chance of getting a foothold in the game.
But with Spurs looking to close the gap on Chelsea to just a point before the Blues next play, they should have the motivation to get the win here.