Date: August 16, 2014
Venue: Boleyn Ground (Upton Park), London, England
Kick-off time: 15:00 BST
West Ham United will begin their Barclays Premier League season with a match against top 4 hopefuls Spurs. Although West Ham had been able to secure Premier League survival last term, fans were vociferous in the stadium as they demanded Big Sam’s head. Sam Allardyce has already got his head buried deep in the sand after some woeful performances in pre-season and will be lucky to remain in the job if his side do not improve dramatically in the next three weeks or so.
Mauricio Pochettino will thank his luck after being drawn against a West Ham side in tatters for his debut match in charge of Spurs in the Premier League. Provided he gets a shot at the hot-seat for the remainder of his contract, Spurs fans are definitely in for something special.
West Ham United’s form
In their last five pre-season games, the Hammers have drawn against Ipswich Town and Shakhtar Donetsk and won their game against Espanyol 4-2. That is all the joy that they have had in pre-season games so far. West Ham’s tour of New Zealand turned out to be a travesty as they lost two consecutive games to A-League teams Wellington Phoenix and Sydney consecutively before returning home with their heads hung in shame. They will have a lot to prove and their fans will hope that their team give them something to cheer about in the ninety minutes on Saturday.
Spurs have had no difficulties in pre-season and it has been business as usual for the lily-whites. In their tour of the United States and Canada, Spurs drew their first match against the Seattle Sounders before winning the next couple of games against Toronto FC and Chicago Fire.
On their return to base, Spurs travelled once more to Helsinki, where they beat Scottish giants Celtic 6-1 before returning to White Hart Lane to defeat Schalke on August 9.
West Ham United: Kevin Nolan
If there is one man who can turn the tide for the Hammers against all odds, it is their skipper. Nolan has a knack of scoring goals for whichever side that he has featured for in his career and could prove to be key to the hopes of the Hammers.
Spurs: Christian Eriksen
Although Erik Lamela has been hotly tipped to be the flavour of the month at Spurs, I would still go with Christian Eriksen as the key man. The Danish attacking midfielder who is set to feature on Saturday makes things happen for his side and has great goal-scoring ability which was pretty evident towards the later parts of last season.
An easy win for Spurs here with the current best price of 2.1 which will no doubt shorten up towards kick off. This West Ham team are probably the worst that one will come across in a decade and I would not be surprised if they were the first team to be relegated from this year’s competition if things do not improve dramatically.
BetVictor’s offer of 2.75 for West Ham’s Sam Allardyce to be the next manager to leave the post looks a decent price indeed.
Get on the Spurs win at 2.1 with Sky Bet before the price shortens