Opta Big Match Stats: Spurs v WHU won't finish 11 v 11

The last few editions of this London derby were rather heated
The last few editions of this London derby were rather heated

The Opta trends highlight a sending off as one of the best bets for Sunday lunchtime's London derby...

"There were three red cards in the last two Premier League meetings between Spurs and West Ham."
Recommended Bet: Back there to be a sending off @ 4.1

Tottenham v West Ham
Sunday, 12:00
Live on BT Sport 1

Match Odds: Tottenham 4/51.82, West Ham 4/14.9, The Draw 3/14.0

Prior to last season, Spurs had won seven and lost none in 11 home league games against West Ham

West Ham got the better of Tottenham on three occasions last term, but normality was resumed on the opening day of this campaign when the Lilywhites won 1-0 at the Boleyn Ground despite being a man down for over an hour, following Kyle Naughton's red card.

Spurs are on a run of seven league wins in ten, whereas their neighbours have lost a lot of their momentum, prevailing in just one of their 11 clashes with fellow top-flight teams since Christmas, leading to a 4-0 FA Cup defeat at West Brom last week in which fans turned on Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce's men have been submissive away to the top teams, taking one point from a possible 12 against the clubs above them and scoring a solitary goal in the process.

Recommended Bet: Back Tottenham to win @ 4/51.82


Eight of Spurs' last ten Premier League victories have been by a 2-1 scoreline

Along with Harry Kane goals and Christian Eriksen last-five-minute interventions, 2-1 triumphs have shaped the narrative of Tottenham's betting-trend-friendly 2014/15. The closest anyone has come to the north Londoners' eight 2-1 Premier League successes is Man United on five.

Meanwhile, only QPR have suffered more 2-1 reverses in the division this season than West Ham's three, and the Irons' figure is more significant as they have been beaten a mere seven times in total.

Recommended Bet: Back Tottenham to win 2-1 @ 17/29.4


There were three red cards in the last two Premier League meetings between Spurs and West Ham

The sending off trends are so compelling that we are comfortable making it the third recommended bet ahead of Kane scoring, despite the soon-to-be England striker netting 11 times in his previous ten Premier League encounters.

There were two dismissals in August's reverse fixture, with the aforementioned Naughton and James Collins (who returns from injury this weekend) the early bathers, and the Irons were reduced to ten men in their latest two matches, while their opponents Man United were in the one before that.

Combine Opta's insight that Tottenham have conceded more penalties than any other Premier League side (seven) with the recollection that one of those was for the handball that saw them lose a man at West Ham and you have a delicious recipe for a red card.

Recommended Bet: Back there to be a sending off @ 4.1

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