Gareth Bale makes his Tottenham Hotspur return when they take on rivals West Ham United in the Premier League.
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Key Stat: Tottenham are unbeaten in their last seven games, winning five and drawing two – one of which ended in a penalty shoot-out win.
Expert Verdict: Tottenham broke for the international break with 13 goals across their wins against Maccabi Haifa and Manchester United. Now they have Gareth Bale in their front three too. West Ham have been inconsistent so far, and this could be another defeat.
Gareth Bale is set for the first game of his second spell at Tottenham Hotspur, though the big question is if he will start after overcoming injury. Giovani Lo Celso and Eric Dier face fitness tests, with the latter more likely to return.
Harry Kane – Signed off for the international break with a hat-trick against Maccabi Haifa and two goals against Manchester United.
Son Heung-Min – Scored twice more against United and added an assist, continuing his excellent Premier League form.
Gareth Bale – Returning to Spurs with a fixture he made a big impact in during his first spell in North London.
Spurs have won six and drawn one of their last seven games, with one of those wins on penalties against Chelsea. They then hit seven past Maccabi Haifa, with Harry Kane scoring three of them, before he and Son Heung-Min scored twice each in the stunning 6-1 victory against Manchester United last time out. Tanguy Ndombele opened the scoring and Serge Aurier also netted in a stunning win.
Defenders:Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilon
Midfielders:Moussa Sissoko, Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele
Forwards:Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min
Issa Diop is back after his enforced medical absence, while Ryan Fredericks is expected to be available again. Arthur Masuaku also faces a late fitness test.
Michail Antonio – After his strong goalscoring end to the last season, he netted his second of this season in the win against Leicester last time out.
Jarrod Bowen – Scored three goals in his last two league games to start showing exactly why West Ham were so keen to sign him in January.
Declan Rice – The England midfielder will be key in the middle of the park, patrolling in front of the defence and cutting off the supply line to Spurs’ front three.
West Have been wildly inconsistent so far this season, as summed up by their last three matches. They smashed Wolves 4-0 in the league – Jarrod Bowen scored twice and an own goal and Sebastian Haller added to the tally. They also won 3-0 at Leicester, with Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Bowen also on target. In between, however, they lost 4-1 at Everton in the League Cup despite Robert Snodgrass’ goal.
Defenders:Ryan Fredericks, Fabian Balbuena, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Arthur Masuaku
Midfielders:Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Pablo Fornals
Tottenham have won four of their last five matches against West Ham, including both last season. At London Stadium, Spurs won 3-2 – Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane put them 3-0 up, before Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna pulled goals back. Last time out, Tomas Soucek scored an own goal and Kane sealed the 2-0 victory. Here are the results of the last five matches:
Jun 23, 2020: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Ham United
Nov 23, 2019: West Ham United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Apr 27, 2019: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 West Ham United
Oct 31, 2018: West Ham United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Oct 20, 2018: West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur are favourites to beat West Ham, having strengthened a side that scored 13 goals in their two matches prior to the international break.Gareth Bale’s return has dominated the headlines, but Spurs have an attacking line-up in fine form already.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min have scored plenty and forged a fine partnership so far this season – getting back to the heights they last showed in the 2018-19 season.
The goals are the key upgrade on last season when both suffered disjointed campaigns and injuries and failed to really hit top form.
Add Bale and it is an attacking triumvirate that could rival the front threes of the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.
West Ham are in mixed form themselves, but their last two league wins have been very impressive – not just winning, but comfortably seeing off Wolves and Leicester.
Michail Antonio was back on target last time out and Jarrod Bowen has started to make his attacking mark
But Spurs are the big favourites for this match and can continue the excellent form they were in pre-international break. Expect goals.
Tottenham vs West Ham Recommended bets with odds
Tottenham are big favourites to beat West Ham United and can be backed at a best price of 8/13 with Betway.
Both teams are in excellent goalscoring form and both teams to score can be backed at a best price of 7/10.
Over 2.5 goals will return just 8/13 with Bet365, while over 3.5 goals will fetch a best price of 13/8 with Bet365.
Harry Kane is 7/8 with Betway to score at any time, while Son Heung-Min is 11/8 with Bet365 and Gareth Bales is 6/4 with Bet365.
Tottenham signed off with 13 goals in two matches and they can continue that fine form with another big win.