England: Premier League
Match start: 13:30 (GMT+2)
The make-up of the EPL entry list includes 5 capital city clubs. And that is why, as usual, between Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Crystal Palace is held informal London championship. Two Derbies were already played during 5 previous rounds:
20.08.2017. Tottenham – Chelsea – 1:2 (Batshuayi (own goal) – Alonso 2);
17.09.2017. Chelsea – Arsenal – 0:0;
Now West Ham and Tottenham will meet with each other. The battle between the teams of Slaven Bilić and Mauricio Pochettino is opening the 6th round of the Premier League.
West Ham United (the head coach Slaven Bilić)
After three defeats in a row that had happened in August (MU 0:4, Southampton 2:3 and Newcastle 0:3) West Ham in September began to gain the points. At first at home arena due to two accurate kicks of Pedro Mba Obiang and André Ayew West Ham has won over Huddersfield (2:0). Then the team of Slaven Bilić at the Hawthorns had earned one point during the away match against West Bromwich (0:0).
And on Tuesday West Ham had won over Bolton (3:0) in the 3rd round of the League Cup. So, today the ultimatum to Slaven Bilić has been cancelled and the coach continues to work with the team.
Tottenham (the head coach Mauricio Pochettino)
But the vice-champion of the last season during two last matches really surprised its fans. Let us remind that in the middle of the last week Tottenham has destroyed Borussia Dortmund in the first round of the group stage of the Champions League (3:1). Naturally, after such amazing victory the fans of Tottenham and the bettors were waiting for interesting game on Saturday home match in Swansea.
Alas! Instead of definite victory we saw goalless draw. And that is why all bets that were made on the victory of Tottenham and Total Over didn’t play. Practically the same game Tottenham demonstrated during the match against Barnsley (1:0). But here vice-champion had managed to win – the goal scored by Bamidele Alli on the 65th minute helped the team to reach the 4th round.
The guests will be very motivated. Let us remind you that Tottenham was fighting for the champion’s title against Chelsea last season. But on the 5th of May in frames of the 36th round the team of Mauricio Pochettino came to West Ham and lost with the score 1:0 (Manuel Lanzini). And after such mistake Chelsea cannot be caught by Tottenham.
And it is obvious that Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Moussa Dembélé and the whole team of Mauricio Pochettino want to gain revenge.
West ham – 6.00, draw – 3.80, Tottenham – 1.57;
Our tip: both teams to score – 1.75