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Spurs v West Ham: All points to low-scoring home win to nil

| 05.10.2013

Winning a London derby is quickly becoming as difficult for West Ham as the average person finds winning a cuddly toy or goldfish on a funfair game stall and their losing run can only be expected to continue when heading to Tottenham.

The Hammers are currently trying to end the depressing run of four straight derby defeats, while they had the double done over them by Tottenham in the top-flight last season.

Andre Villas-Boas’ men are 4/9 to triumph and claim the bragging rights again, which is reasonable given that they have lost just two of their last 25 home derbies and one of 16 Premier League fixtures at White Hart Lane against all comers.

Meanwhile, it is difficult putting punters off taking the 6/5 that Spurs win the game without conceding.

No team have failed to score in more top-flight games than West Ham this season, with their squad drawing blanks in four of their six fixtures. This includes all three of their away days.

Throw in that they have been unable to find the target in five of their last six visits to White Hart Lane and Spurs have only conceded twice in their 10 games in all competitions this season, then a home clean sheet is tough to oppose.

Although West Ham have struggled for goals on the road, they haven’t shipped many either, with a highly dubious Hull penalty the only time they have been breached.

This suggests that Spurs are unlikely to run riot and they have only netted two or more once in their six Premier League games so far.

Tottenham to win 1-0 holds the most appeal in the correct scoreline offering, but it may pay to take away some of the risk by accepting the 13/5 in the coupled correct score market of either a 1-0 or 2-0 victory.

For those prepared to throw form out of the window or those with a gut feeling for an anomaly result, West Ham are 7/1 to collect the three points, with the draw available at 7/2.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.