Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United: Premier League
Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, February 22nd – 12:00
Match Odds: Tottenham 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – West Ham 100/30
Spurs need to bounce back after last week’s defeat to fellow Champions League chasers, Liverpool. If results go Tottenham’s way they could find themselves in the top four at the end of the weekend.
Spurs are looking strong ahead of the clash and have no players sidelined but had a tough game against Fiorentina on Thursday night and need to ensure they don’t suffer from another Europa League hangover.Embed from Getty Images
West Ham are struggling with injuries and will be without Andy Carroll for the rest of the campaign as he has suffered yet another setback. The Hammers will also be without Morgan Amalfitano, who is suspended, while Cheikhou Kouyate, Winston Reid, James Collins and Diafra Sakho are all doubts.
Tottenham’s home record in the Premier League: Played 13 – Won 7 – Drawn 2 – Lost 4
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have enjoyed some strong home form this season and haven’t lost at White Hart Lane in seven league games, winning five of those.
Tottenham fan-favourite, Harry Kane will be under the spotlight once again and we can expect him to be at the forefront of all their attacking play as usual. Kane should be fresh after starting their midweek clash on the bench.
The return fixture saw Tottenham snatch all three points with a 93rd minute winner through Eric Dier at Upton Park, leaving West Ham devastated. We can expect this to be a tight game but with the Hammers slightly off the boil at the moment Tottenham will fancy their chances.
It’s worth noting that Spurs have had just one clean-sheet in their last five Premier League games, while West Ham have found the net 16 times away from home this season.
West Ham’s away record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drawn 5 – Lost 4
West Ham’s form on the road has been relatively good, but Sam Allardyce’s men are without a win in their last five away games now.
West Ham new-boy Nene is unlikely to make a first appearance for the Hammers as Allardyce has revealed he is not fit enough. The 33-year-old forward will need to impress quickly as he is stepping in as a stopgap for the injured Carroll.Embed from Getty Images
West Ham have a better goal difference than Tottenham and have beaten their London rivals on their last two visits to White Hart Lane, scoring five times.
Tottenham Hotspur’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/W/W/L
West Ham United’s last five in the Premier League: D/W/L/D/D
Key Stat: Tottenham’s Harry Kane has five goals in his last three Premier League appearances.
Key Player: Harry Kane – The goal machine is without doubt the key man for Spurs and they will need him to fire them to a win in this tie.
Score Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 West Ham United – Expect a close game with so much at stake but the home side to edge it.