Spurs are involved in another London derby and will hope to get the better of a West Ham team struggling to score goals, while the Swans have a tougher assignment as they head to the south coast to meet an in-form Southampton side looking to continue their strong run.
Southampton v Swansea 13:30
This time last season, the Saints were propping up the other nineteen teams in the Premier League table. While Nigel Adkins looked to be improving fortunes at St Mary’s, a changing of the guard took place last term and few supporters are complaining now that Mauricio Pocchetino is taking Southampton to a new level.
The Hampshire side sit sixth in the table and a return of fourteen points from their opening seven matches would go down very nicely, with Southampton looking to take advantage of potentially tired legs in the opposition ranks.
The Saints have been largely stifled at home this season, with Sunderland and West Ham both claiming a point on the south coast and Crystal Palace the only team that they have inflicted defeat upon in front of their own supporters.
However, the bookies make them strong favourites to claim victory and bet365 offer 11/10 about a home win, with Rickie Lambert and Pablo Osvaldo starting to combine well in attack, while the defence has been watertight in recent matches.
A Saints win to nil is a 14/5 chance (Coral) and has happened at Anfield and against the Eagles, while the south coast team haven’t conceded in the last 292 minutes of top flight football thanks to the defending of Dejan Lovren and Jose Fonte.
Even so, the Swans don’t usually draw a blank in games and Michael Laudrup will be urging one final effort before the international break, with the team having edged St Gallen by a single goal in the Europa League on Thursday.
Swansea have claimed victories at The Hawthorns and Selhurst Park already this term, while they also enjoyed that excellent 3-0 win at the Mestalla, so perhaps the visitors are being under-rated at odds of 14/5.
Tottenham v West Ham 16:00
Sam Allardyce will be pleased enough to be heading to White Hart Lane a few days after Spurs had a European engagement in Russia, although Andre Villas-Boas now has a sizeable squad and could afford to rest several players for Thursday’s 2-0 win against Anzhi.
Roberto Soldado, Michael Dawson, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Christian Eriksen are among those players that will return to the starting line-up and Tottenham are a 4/9 chance with bet365 to claim three more points that will continue their strong start to the season.
The absence of Gareth Bale has barely been mentioned thanks to Spurs largely flying out of the traps, although they are a bit short of Premier League goals this term, with the victory against Norwich the only time they have won by a two-goal margin.
Soldado is an excellent foil for his midfield team-mates, although AVB will hope that the Spaniard can enjoy the prolific form that he enjoyed at Valencia, with the forward a 5/1 chance. Even so, Sigurdsson has been the man on the spot in recent games and looks a more attractive proposition at 7/1.
West Ham are missing Andy Carroll and have failed to score on the road in all three matches to date, having drawn 0-0 at St James’ Park and St Mary’s, while they went down by a single goal at Hull last weekend. Therefore, No Goalscorer merits consideration at odds of 14/1 with Coral given that Tottenham aren’t full of goals in the Premier League.