Kick off: Sunday, 22.11.2015 @17:00
Venue: White Hart Lane
Head to head record
Tottenham vs West Ham 2-2 (2014/15 Premier League)
West Ham vs Tottenham 0-1 (2014/15 Premier League)
West Ham vs Tottenham 2-0 (2013/14 Premier League)
Tottenham vs West Ham 1-2 (2013/14 Capital One Cup)
Tottenham vs West Ham 0-3 (2013/14 Premier Lague)
Tottenham vs West Ham prediction
Level on points and with just the goal difference separating them in the standings, the London rivals are going head to head on Sunday afternoon looking to make another important win in their efforts to secure European football at the end of the season.
Champions League, finally?
Tottenham Hotspur have made steady progress under Mauricio Pochettino, whose young squad made quite an impression in the Premier League. The White Hart Lane outfit are just three points outside UEFA Champions League places and their hopes of reaching the Europe’s top competition are higher than ever. Pochettino’s charges are currently on an 11-game unbeaten run in the league, with their three-game winning stretch being halted just before the international break with a disappointing 1-1 draw against their fierce rivals Arsenal. The Spurs have been the dominant side though much of the proceedings, but have still allowed Kieran Gibbs to score the equalizer late in the game, much to the disappointment of their visiting set of fans at the Emirates. Young forces of Dele Alli and Eric Dier have been particularly impressive this season as the Tottenham duo have demonstrated some fantastic performances, earning the England call-up following their excellent stint.
Mauricio Pochettino will have much of his first-team selection at disposal, with the exception of Erik Lamela, who is suspended after receiving his fifth booking against Arsenal. Alex Pritchard and Nacer Chadli are the two confirmed absentees, while Nabil Bentaleb is expected to be in contention despite the fact he picked up a knock on international duty.
Another big scalp?
With Slaven Bilic at helm, West Ham have been looking stronger than ever before and even though it is still early in the season to pass judgments, the Hammers have definitively been one of the positive surprises of the Premiership so far. With six wins next to their name and the scalps of the teams such as Chelsea, Manchester City, Arseal and Liverpool in the bag, Slaven Bilic has taken the league by storm. The Croatian mastermind will be wary of his team’s most recent form though, as the Hammers suffered two set-backs before the international break, having lost to Watford 2-0 away before being held to a 1-1 draw by Everton at home. West Ham will need to step up their game and return to their exciting counter-attacking football when they travel to White Hart Lane for yet another highly exciting fixture against Tottenham.
Injuries will play a huge part in the Sunday’s London derby, as Bilic will have to deal with the absence of his key man Dimitri Payet who looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with his ankle injury. Enner Valencia is another first-team member who will be sorely missed. Alexandre Song, on the other hand, is coming close to full fitness, while Diafra Sakho and Pedro Obiang are still major doubts. James Collins is suspended for the showdown.
Tottenham vs West Ham betting tip
The exhausting Premier League season will have to catch up on the high-flying Hammers at one point, and with all of the selection worries it might just be this Sunday game at White Hart Lane. The Spurs are raring to get back to winning ways following the North London derby stalemate and I do believe that Wets Ham are in for a beating.
Tip: Home win
Odds: 1.57 (4/7) @10Bet