Premier League football returns to White Hart Lane after a three week absence as Tottenham take on London rivals West Ham United at 17:30. A gripping atmosphere likely as Spurs look to build on a solid away point at Arsenal, while West Ham look to continue their recovery following their dismal start to the season.
Tale of The Tape:
Spurs are without a win in their last seven in all competitions; however they did show signs of recovery with a solid, competitive performance at The Emirates last time out, especially following such an awful performance at Wembley vs Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.
West Ham have won three of their last five, including a league cup win over Chelsea and an impressive 1-0 victory away at Crystal Palace. Although they stuttered in the last two league matches, The Hammers are providing some more of the good performances that became synonymous with them last term.
In the last six league meetings, Spurs have won just two, with West Ham claiming three and being one stalemate between the sides. In the last game, West Ham won 1-0 thanks to a Michail Antonio header which prevented Spurs from going top of the league. Although, in November 2015 at The Lane, it was a different story; Tottenham tore apart West Ham, with two goals from the recently returned Harry Kane.
Toby Alderweireld remains out with the ‘minor knock’ he suffered over a month ago. ‘Minor’. Ben Davies and Erik Lamela are unfit, and Dele All will be touch and go until kick off. Other than those four, Mauricio Pochettino has a fully fit squad to pick from.
West Ham will be missing Sam Byram, Reece Oxford, Andy Carroll, Gokhan Tore and Arthur Masuaku. Diafra Sakho, Fernandes, Winston Reid and James Collins all returned to first team training this week and are likely to be fit for the match at White Hart Lane.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Lloris; Dier, Vertonghen, Wimmer; Walker, Dembele, Wanyama, Rose; Eriksen, Son; Kane.
Predicted West Ham United XI:
Adrian; Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna; Antonio, Fernandes, Obiang, Cresswell; Lanzini, Ayew, Payet.
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 West Ham United