After all the build-up and hype, the busy festive period comes to an end on Thursday when Tottenham take on West Ham.
The game was previously due to be played on New Year’s Eve but was postponed due to safety fears. As a result, it will mark the second time the pair have played in as many days and fatigue could play its part when the two great London rivals go head-to-head.
Spurs’ battling 2-0 win at Swansea on Tuesday moved them firmly back into top four contention and they will see their game in hand as a real chance to close the gap on those above them.
After sitting out the opening 68 minutes at the Liberty due to a spot of flu, Harry Kane came on to provide an assist for Dele Alli’s deciding goal and is 5/9 to score first or last in this one.
The England man has scored seven in the last five Premier League meetings between the clubs, including twice in September’s 3-2 win at the London Stadium.
Spurs are rightly the heavy favourites but despite winning six of their last seven at home, questions remain over their ability to dominate at Wembley.
An example of this came back in October when West Ham came from two down to win 3-2 in the EFL Cup and although he was not in charge for that game, David Moyes will surely be using that result as motivation.
The Hammers’ last gasp 2-1 win at home to West Brom on Tuesday moved them out of the relegation zone and up to 16th in the table.
As the 21/2 outsiders, they may well see this one as a bit of a shot to nothing. Much will depend on Andy Carroll, the man who scored his first two goals of the season to beat the Baggies, while he also caused plenty of angst in the aforementioned cup victory.
He is 33/10 to score at anytime and will be raring to go after finding the fitness he has craved in recent years.
It is sure to be an entertaining affair on Thursday but the greater depth in the home squad suggests they should claim the points, with that outcome and both to score on offer at 33/20.
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