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Rupert Wyman 22nd Aug 2009 - 10:35

Redknapp to spur Tottenham on to victory

Harry Redknapp takes his Tottenham side to one of his old stomping grounds, Upton Park, as his Spurs side take on West Ham in this London derby.

Tottenham, for once, have made a sterling start to the season with impressive wins in their opening two matches against Liverpool and Hull. They go into the weekend at the top of the table and it is the club's best start to the season since 1965.

They now travel to bitter London rivals West Ham and go into the match as 11/8 favourites in the betting. This price looks too good to turn down based on their performances so far this season.

In addition they have won five and lost none of the last six Premier League meetings with West Ham including claiming the double last term.

Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane have started the season on fire up front with the former notching a hat-trick against Hull. Aaron Lennon and Luka Modric have been providing the creativity from midfield with Wilson Palacios at his imperious best in the middle of the park destroying the opposition's game.

Spurs will be further boosted by the return of the influential Ledley King after the injury-prone defender was rested for the mid-week trip to Hull.

Although Redknapp is much admired at Upton Park for the job he did during his six years as manager, another ex-Hammer, Defoe, is far from liked. The striker left the club when they were relegated from the Premier League in 2004 and the fans simply never forgave him.

The England man has started the season well, including a two-goal substitute appearance while on international duty against the Netherlands. Therefore it looks ominous for the Irons as he returns. The boo boys will no doubt give him more incentive to find the back of the net. He is priced at 6/4 to do so and could well oblige.

Strike-partner Keane is available at 15/8 to get on the scoresheet.

While I expect Tottenham to come away from Upton Park with the three points that is not to say that I don't rate West Ham's team and the job that Gianfranco Zola has done. The 2/1 about a home win will no doubt have its backers.

The Hammers opened their season last weekend with a 2-0 win away at newly-promoted Wolves before being without a match in mid-week and therefore should be well rested.

The much-improved Carlton Cole is at the forefront of everything attacking wise for the Hammers and he is priced at 7/4 to score against Tottenham.

However the former Chelsea striker may find it hard going against Spurs as they have three clean sheets in as many matches against West Ham. A fourth clean sheet is priced at 15/8.

Another market of interest could be the total match goals. Tottenham's last nine Premier League away games have produced a total of 33 goals, an average of 3.67 per match. Therefore the over 2 goals at 4/6 could be the way to go.

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