The London Stadium will undoubtedly be packed to the rafters come Saturday afternoon’s 3 pm kick-off. The thing is, if these so-called football pundits get their predictions right I’ll be spending the weekend toasting their success with slurps of ice cold water with slithers of lemon.
On the other hand, if my wager comes to fruition, I’ll be slurping bubbly all night at the nearest lap dancing joint.
For what it’s worth I’ll be putting a few notes on Tottenham Hotspur winning by a two-goal margin. And no, I don’t intend cashing out at any time throughout the 90 minutes!
Sky Sports football pundit Paul Merson see it slightly differently to yours truly.
“I don’t worry about West Ham in the big games at the London Stadium. Games like this one against Tottenham, it looks after itself. It’s the games against the likes of Wolves and Bournemouth – two games they lost earlier in the season – that are of concern. However, like against Manchester United, the fans will be up for this one, and they don’t have to go and chase the game. West Ham can play on the counter against Spurs and that suits them.
“I’d be shocked if West Ham lost this game. Tottenham haven’t been in great form, and they’ve had a lot of players away on international duty. Christian Eriksen is a huge miss for Spurs. He’s a bit of an unsung hero for Mauricio Pochettino’s side because he knits everything together from the midfield.
“I’m going to go for a draw as I don’t see West Ham losing this game. If I had to pick a winner, I’d go with the Hammers.”
Paul plumbs for 1-1.
BBC football expert, (or so they say) Mark Lawrenson tends to lean towards Merson’s prediction.
“Tottenham got the job done in their last game against Cardiff without being too easy on the eye, which has been the story of their season so far.
“Spurs have not been looking that impressive, but that does not matter as long as you keep getting results.
“I keep getting stopped in the street and asked “what is wrong with Liverpool’s front three?” but I just go “played eight, won six, drawn two – yeah, they’ve got massive problems.”
“This will be a tough game for Tottenham, though. West Ham’s revival was ended in their defeat by Brighton, but we know now what they are capable of and I think they are solid enough to hold Spurs.
“The key to that happening is for the Hammers to hold up Harry Kane. He was excellent for England against Spain, so it is West Ham’s turn to deal with him now.”
Lawro also predicted 1-1.
How do you see it?