Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United

Venue: White Hart Lane – Saturday, Novemeber 19 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Tottenham 8/15 – Draw 16/5 – West Ham 5/1

Match Preview

Tottenham welcome West Ham to White Hart Lane on Saturday evening as the Premier League returns following the international break.

Spurs remain the only side unbeaten in the Premier League this season, but the North London club are trailing top spot by five points and are currently 5th.

There is plenty of room for improvement for Tottenham despite their strong start to the season. Mauricio Pochettino, his players and the fans will be expecting more.

Tottenham come into this one having drawn their last four games on the bounce. While remaining unbeaten is a real positive, Spurs could easily be top of the league if they could find the back of the net on a more regular basis.

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West Ham United’s form has picked up and they look to be getting their season back on track after an unfavourable start.

The Hammers had won just one of their opening six games but have since picked up eight points in their last five games.

Slaven Bilic will have his sights set on pushing his side up the table and into the top ten. West Ham are currently 17th, but there are just eight points separating the relegation zone and European places in what looks set to be the tighest Premier League season ever.

West Ham are going to have to pick up their away form. They have won just once on the road this season, losing the other four. This is the first game of an incredibly tough four games against title contendors for Bilic’s side and they cannot afford to lose all of those fixtures. A positive result here is a must.

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Team News

Tottenham could be without as many as five for the visit of West Ham, as Ben Davies, Erik Lamela, Marcus Edwards and Toby Alderweireld are all expected to be out, while Dele Alli is a doubt. Moussa Sissoko returns following his suspension.

West Ham are expecting to be without eight players as their injury woes continue. Arthur Masuaku, Gokhan Tore, Sam Byram, Andy Carroll and Winston Reid are out, while James Collins, Diafra Sakho and Reece Oxford are all doubts. Mark Noble is suspended.

Key Points

Tottenham Hotspur’s last five: W/D/D/D/D

West Ham United’s last five: D/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: Stalemate – Tottenham have drawn their last four Premier League games.

Key Player: Hugo Lloris – It might not seem the case considering they’re unbeaten, but there is a lot of pressure on the Spurs ‘keeper. He is unquestionably the reason that not one of their four consecutive draws have been a loss. Lloris will have to continue to perform at the highest level while Tottenham are not scoring enough goals to win games.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Ham United – Tottenham to put an end to their run of consecutive draws and continue to challenge in the title race. West Ham’s away form has been tough to take for their fans and it won’t get any easier this weekend.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: Premier League – Aston Villa vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: Villa Park – Sunday, March 13 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Aston Villa 13/2 – Draw 16/5 – Tottenham 4/9

Match Preview

Premier League strugglers Aston Villa welcome title chasing Tottenham Hotspur to Villa Park on Sunday afternoon in a game between two sides with very different aims.

Villa are on a four game losing streak coming into this one and have been leaking goals in recent games. They lost 4-0 to Manchester City last weekend despite being 0-0 at halftime and looked a depleted side.

Rémi Garde’s side sit bottom of the Premier League. They are nine points away from safety and although relegation is not yet confirmed they’re favourites for the drop.

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Tottenham come into this tie off the back of their 2-2 draw in the North London Derby last weekend – although it was a good point they will rue not taking all three from being in a winning position.

Spurs trail leaders Leicester City by five points but this title race is still wide open. As the season has proved any side is capable of taking points off of one-another so Mauricio Pochettino will be expecting nothing than maximum effort from his players here.

A top four finish is not yet guaranteed for Spurs despite how good of a season they have had. Even though they are pushing hard for their first title since the 1960/61 campaign they must still ensure they are keeping the distance between them and the sides below.

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Team News

Aston Villa have five injury concerns heading into this tie. Libor Kozak, Adama Traore, Jordan Amavi, Carlos Sanchez and Jack Grealish are all expected to be out.

Tottenham have just three injury concerns. Pochettino rested a number of his key players in their Europa League loss midweek but is still expecting to be without Clinton N’Jie and Jan Vertonghen, while Danny Rose is a doubt.

Key Points

Aston Villa’s last five: W/L/L/L/L

Tottenham’s last five: W/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: Aston Villa have conceded 15 goals in their last four games.

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Tottenham goal-machine has netted 17 in the Premier League this season including that stunning effort against Arsenal last weekend, as always we expect him to be key and full of confidence.

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Score Prediction

Aston Villa 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur – Spurs should’t have too much trouble taking all three points here, as last weekend proved it’s a case of getting the first goal against Aston Villa. Hugo Lloris will be desperate to keep a clean sheet and Pochettino’s side have to keep applying the pressure to Leicester so if there is a slip up from the leaders they can capitalise and gain ground.

United to turn to £8m Premier League star after DOUBLE transfer blow – report

Manchester United are prepared for a goalkeeping merry-go-round this summer as David De Gea looks increasingly unlikely to sign a new contract, and so a new shot-stopper will need to be brought in, with Stoke’s Asmir Begovic now being lined up, according to the Daily Star.

De Gea has reportedly been offered £200,00-a-week to stay at Old Trafford but he is set to reject that offer with just one year to go on his current deal, and so United will have to accept the pending offer Real Madrid are set to put on the table.

Louis Van Gaal is preparing for the worst as he looks to potential replacements for the Spaniard, but the Dutchman’s first-choice replacement, Hugo Lloris, looks out of reach as Spurs are demanding too much.

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United chief executive Ed Woodward values Lloris at £20 million but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will hold out for nearer £30 million so a deal for the Frenchman looks unlikely.

The Red Devils will therefore turn to Stoke’s Asmir Begovic, who has just one year to go on his deal, and could sign the Bosnian for around £8 million.

Begovic has been in the Premier League with Stoke for five-and-a-half seasons and has established himself as one of the league’s most consistent ‘keepers.

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Stoke would rather cash in on the 27-year-old now rather than lose him for free next summer, with young Englishman Jack Butland waiting in the wings at the Britannia.

Victor Valdes is already at United but it is believed he will remain backup, even if De Gea departs, and so Begovic could be set for a major move this summer.

Would Asmir Begovic be a good signing for Manchester United? Are the Red Devils resigned to losing De Gea now?

United set to make move for £17m-rated Spurs star – report

Manchester United will make a summer move for Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris if David De Gea departs in the coming months, according to the Daily Mirror.

De Gea has yet to sign a contract extension at the club and there are growing fears he will leave to join Real Madrid this summer. He has one year left on his current deal so would be in a position to leave for free next summer if he stays at United for one more season.

That’s not something that the Red Devils will want as they could scoop as much as £30 million for their star performer, with Madrid expected to make a serious approach after the season ends.

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If the 24-year-old Spaniard does depart, United will reportedly make a move for Spurs star Lloris. The Frenchman is one of Tottenham’s most important players but he wants to be playing in the Champions League, something the Lilywhites don’t look likely to offer again next term.

United are currently seven points ahead of Spurs in fourth place and look set to return to Europe’s elite competition next season and will hope that can lure Lloris to Old Trafford.

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Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with the 28-year-old French captain who has four years left on his current Spurs deal and is valued at £17.6 million by transfermarkt.co.uk.

De Gea could yet pen a new contract but talks have been ongoing for months now and there has been no resolution. With just four weeks of the Premier League season to go, time is running out for United to retain the services of their star man.

Would Hugo Lloris be a good replacement for David De Gea if he leaves the club this summer?

‘Done deal’: Chelsea star on his way to PSG this summer – report

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been linked with a Stamford Bridge exit for the past few months and it now looks as though he will be moving to France with Paris Saint-Germain, as former Blues player and coach Ray Wilkins has claimed the move is done.

Cech has struggled to see regular action under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea this season following Thibaut Courtois’ return from Atletico Madrid and the Czech Republic international has said he is not willing to spend another season sitting on the bench.

At 32, Cech still has several years ahead of him, and PSG look to have beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Inter Milan to his services if Wilkins is to be believed.

Wilkins made his comments regarding Cech’s future while speaking on beIN Sport during PSG’s 3-1 Champions League loss to Barcelona on Wednesday night.

Current PSG ‘keeper Salvatore Sirigu could be on the way out of the club after some disappointing displays, while the signing of Cech would mean that Spurs star Hugo Lloris would be unlikely to leave White Hart Lane this summer, as he has also been linked with a move back to France with Paris Saint-Germain.

It was reported last week that Cech was close to agreeing a deal to join Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan but it now looks as though PSG will be his next club after making 331 appearances for Chelsea during his 11 seasons at the club.

Would Paris Saint-Germain be a good destination for Petr Cech?

Is this Chelsea star in for a shock move to Spurs?

Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race for Chelsea‘s Petr Cech as a potential replacement for Paris Saint-Germain target Hugo Lloris, according to the Daily Mirror.

Spurs are looking at replacements for Lloris as PSG have upped their interests in the French superstar, with Steve Mandanda another possible arrival.

Petr Cech hasn’t been hiding from the fact that he looks set to depart Chelsea this summer as he is frustrated by playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois, who has established himself as Jose Mourinho’s first-choice stopper.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper has been with the Blues since 2004 and it seems his immensely successful career in West London is coming to end, though he could well sign off with his fourth Premier League trophy.

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Cech would be an ideal replacement for Lloris due to his vast Premier League experience and if it were not for Chelsea looking to the future he would more than likely still be their number one.

Spurs would face tough competition to acquire his services though, as a whole host of top European sides are monitoring his situation, with Liverpool and Arsenal also tracking the Czech Republic international.

Cech is also a target for PSG but if they choose to offer Spurs big money for Lloris, then the Lilywhites could reinvest by meeting Chelsea’s £10 million valuation for the commanding ‘keeper.

Could Petr Cech make the move across London to Spurs? Would he be an ideal replacement for Hugo Lloris if the Frenchman leaves?

Is this French star set to replace Hugo Lloris at Spurs?

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is again being linked with a move away from the club, with the latest reports suggesting Paris Saint-Germain are ready to step up their interests in the France captain.

Lloris is one of Europe’s best goalkeepers and if Spurs fail to make the Champions League again this season, he may look to move on after three years in North London.

Spurs fan will hope that is not the case, but if the worst happens then fellow French stopper Steve Mandanda could be brought in as his replacement, after revealing he would like to follow in Lloris’ footsteps.

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“My ambition is to play at a big European club,” Mandanda told France Football. “I also have the desire to experience something else abroad. But if I have to leave for different reasons, I won’t go just anywhere, nor at any price.

“Like a lot of players, it’s a destination that attracts me – the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world. It’s also the one that’s most in the media spotlight, but I am not fixed on one choice in particular.”

Mandanda has been with Ligue 1 side Marseille for the past eight years, winning the division’s Goalkeeper of the Year award twice. Lloris won the same award three times himself while with Lyon and the French ‘keepers have battled for the starting role with Les Bleus for their entire careers.

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Mandanda has kept more league clean sheets in France this season (9) than Lloris has managed in the Premier League (7), and while Lloris is the better goalkeeper, Mandanda would surely be a good replacement at White Hart Lane if the Spurs star joins PSG this summer.

Michel Vorm was brought in from Swansea City last year but has struggled to really impress in a Spurs shirt and is likely to remain second choice if a replacement for Lloris is needed.

Would Steve Mandanda be a good replacement for Hugo Lloris at Spurs?

Could this Dortmund star be on the way to England after advice from Arsenal invincible?

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has advised Borussia Dortmund’s Roman Weidenfeller that he should move away from the German club.

Lehmann was part of the invincible Arsenal team of 2003/04 and went on to make 200 appearances for the Gunners before leaving for VfB Stuttgart in 2008. He also played 61 times for Germany at international level and believes Weidenfeller needs a new challenge.

“Roman Weidenfeller is now actually at the best age for a goalkeeper, but I would advise him that he needs to change,” said Lehmann while talking before Germany’s friendly against Australia on Wednesday.

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Lehmann’s comments could spark a reaction among a number of Premier League clubs, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham all potentially needing a replacement between the sticks this summer.

Wojciech Szczesny‘s Arsenal future is still in doubt after he was dropped following a 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day and has since been replaced as first-choice goalkeeper by David Ospina, who will need competition should Szczesny depart at the end of this campaign.

Rumours are swelling over where Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea will be playing his football next season after impressive performances have sparked interest from Real Madrid.

Another ‘keeper who has had a great season is Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, and he could be on the move if Spurs don’t qualify for the Champions League, opening up a void that they will need to fill, with Weidenfeller an ideal replacement.

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Weidenfeller joined Dortmund in 2002 and became a first-team regular in 2003 after Lehmann was signed by the Gunners and the ex-Arsenal man also believes that Weidenfeller’s international career is coming to an end if he doesn’t move on, despite it only starting in November 2013.

“In the national team, the young goalkeepers will move up. In particular, Bernd Leno has recently shown very good performances. But Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Timo Horn are also safe candidates.”

Would Roman Weidenfeller be a good signing for one of the Premier League clubs?

Stats: Is Simon Mignolet the best goalkeeper in the Premier League?

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet continued his fine form last night as he kept his 11th clean sheet of the season in the 1-0 away win at Swansea City in the Premier League and many fans believe that the Belgian stopper is the best goalkeeper in the league at the moment, but what do the statistics say?

Well before we look at the comparisons between Mignolet and some of the league’s finest shot-stoppers, it’s worth noting that Mignolet and his Liverpool teammates kept their sixth straight clean sheet away from home in the league, equalling a record going back 43 years to Bill Shankly’s side of 1971/72.

That impressive run of form has seen Liverpool fly up the table and they are currently just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, who they face in a key clash on Sunday.

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The Reds have not lost in the league since mid-December, when they were defeated 3-0 by United and Brendan Rodgers’ side boast the best recent form in the league.

Confidence is clearly flowing through the team and that has led to improved performances. Simon Mignolet is evidence of that as he looked out of sorts and out of favour when Rodgers said he had dropped the Belgian “indefinitely” back in December.

But he has turned things around and looks back to his best. Some are now suggesting that Mignolet is the Premier League’s best goalkeeper at the moment but how does he compare to some of the league’s finest ‘keepers?

Simon Mignolet stats compared to Premier League's best goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois, Joe Hart, David de Gea, Hugo Lloris and Fraser Forster

Simon Mignolet stats compared to Premier League’s best goalkeepers (Stats via Opta)

Mignolet has kept an impressive 11 clean sheets so far this season, a number only bettered by Southampton’s Fraser Forster.

Forster has been in fine form throughout the season as he and his Saints teammates have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League, and Forster is averaging almost three saves per every goal conceded – the best record in the top flight.

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Mignolet is averaging just 1.9 saves per goal, which is the same number as Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, but less than David De Gea, Joe Hart and Thibaut Courtois.

Lloris is averaging more than three saves per game, more than any of the other five ‘keepers looked at above, and has also made more saves inside the penalty area with 67 this season.

So although his performances of late have been mighty impressive, Liverpool’s Mignolet is not statistically the best goalkeeper in the Premier League.

He will go up against David De Gea on Sunday as two of the league’s top stoppers do battle at Anfield with both looking to keep another clean sheet in the race for Champions League football.