Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
A spot in the EFL Cup semi-finals will be at stake when Tottenham and West Ham United face each other in a highly-expected local derby. Spurs did well to hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw at the weekend, meaning that they are high on spirits ahead of Wednesday’s clash. Harry Kane finally broke the deadlock, and we predict that he will prove a handful for the opposition back-line. All Son, Skipp, Lucas Moura, Gil, and Emerson Royal are rated doubtful for the match, while Romero remains in the recovery room.
The Hammers, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Arsenal. Tottenham and West Ham seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. The likes of Zouma, Ogbonna, Johnson, and Fredericks are out of contention with injuries for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Harry Kane):
Widely regarded as one of England’s best strikers at the moment, Harry Kane enjoyed a meteoric rise at Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 21 Premier League goals during the 2014/2015 campaign to be voted PFA Young Player of the Year.
The highly rated striker went on to surpass that achievement the following season as he helped Tottenham Hotspur mount a serious title challenge for the first time in club’s recent history and he made seamless transition to international football. Kane scored four goals in his first ten appearances for England to prove he was here to stay and at the same time established himself as a first choice striker in Roy Hodgson’s squad ahead of the Euro 2016 finals.
Kane is a modern striker, who is extremely dangerous in the opposition box, but it was some outstanding goals from distance as well as link-up play with teammates that earned him an excellent reputation in world football. Kane is expected to lead both Tottenham and England in years to come, that is if he can resist the lure of top European clubs that continue to cast admiring glances his way.
Highlighted Team (West Ham):
West Ham United are an English football club based in East London. The club was founded in 1895 and it has to be noted that the club’s name was Thames Ironworks back then. The Hammers were playing their home games at Upton Park from 1904 until 2016, when they moved to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
West Ham have won three FA Cup trophies (1964, 1975 and 1980) and they were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. The capital club finished the 1985/1986 England first division campaign in third place in the standings and that is the club’s highest placing in the top flight. West Ham United have strong rivalries with fellow London clubs, but Tottenham Hotspur are considered the club’s main rivals.
A number of top-class players were part of West Ham in the past and the likes of Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Ince, Julian Dicks, Shaka Hislop, Michael Carrick and Slaven Bilic are some of them.