West Ham look to take on their bitter rivals as both clubs aim to keep European hopes alive. Our Green St. experts predict the upcoming match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Justin: West Ham 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham take on bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a match that could spur on (pun intended) their Champions League bid. A win would also put considerable distance between the two clubs in the table, as West Ham would extend their point lead on Spurs to nine points, although Spurs would still have a game in hand.
One factor that could prove decisive is the health of Harry Kane. The striker was kept out of Spurs’ Europa League victory last Thursday, but many believe it was just precautionary and the England international will start on Sunday. The combination of Kane and Son will be a tough one to handle and a three at the back system may be necessary to stifle those two.
For some reason, I am highly confident West Ham will perform well. If they do, the Hammers can get the three points. Spurs have been struggling as of late, winning just two of their last seven matches – wins against West Brom and Sheffield United. They have also failed to score in each of their last three losses.
Spurs are their for the taking in a way they haven’t been since Jose Mourinho arrived in North London. I believe West Ham will be ready to get the job done. 2-0 West Ham.
If West Ham beat Tottenham Hotspur, it will move them into the Champions League places after Chelsea’s draw yesterday.
Jeremiah: West Ham 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
After returning to their winning ways, West Ham will look to make the London Stadium a fortress on Sunday afternoon. This London Derby has plenty of question marks on both sides and a lot is at stake for both clubs
Spurs have only won once in their past five matches and will be looking to return to form, but West Ham is fully poised not to allow it. Michail Antonio should be back, and with the outcome from earlier this year, look for the Hammers to roll out on a high and with all 3 points.
Adam: West Ham 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
This may be lofty, and I would bite your hand off for a draw before the match started, but West Ham have been on good form recently and I back them to get a result. More importantly, we’ve been solid at the back, which should breed confidence going forward.
The attack is still slightly disjointed, but the chances are there and rumours of Antonio being back should be a breath of fresh air into the team. If Antonio is back he should get on the scoresheet. I also think there will be something in this match for Jarrod Bowen who has been looking solid but lacking end product. Time will tell, but West Ham can absolutely take three points off Spurs.
Lou: West Ham 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
While it is very tempting to predict a win against an out of form Tottenham team, I’m going to go for a draw. A victory would take us nine points clear of our London rivals, which would be a big lead at this stage of the season.
While Spurs have not been playing at their best recently, we should not forget the quality that they possess in their side, especially in attack. Harry Kane seems to score in every match against us, and his partner in crime Son Heung-Min doesn’t fare badly when facing us either.
Their defence can definitely be got at, though, and we should be looking to hurt them at every opportunity with whoever Moyes opts for in attack. Both sides have goals in them and that is why I think a high-scoring draw is a possible outcome.