Spurs Host West Ham at White Hart Lane in this Weekend’s London Derby

Last updated: November 17, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 17:30pm
Venue: White Hart Lane
Coverage: BT Sport
Home form: DDDDW
Away form: DLWWD
Last season: Tottenham 4 – 1 West Ham
Competition: The Premier League

After a short break away from the Premier League due to international duties, Tottenham prepare to welcome West Ham to White Hart Lane in what is sure to be a fiery London Derby game. Tottenham will no doubt be looking to take advantage of a West Ham side that have only managed to record 3 victories in the campaign so far whilst also aiming to avoid going 5 games on the bounce without a victory.

Tottenham go into this game having done extremely well to hold Arsenal to a 1-1 draw away from home just before the international break. They managed to hold on to their current standing as the only team in the Premier League to remain undefeated and created a number of chances that could have seen them go on to win the game. The return of Harry Kane has given them another reason to feel confident ahead of this weekend’s fixture. The English forward looked sharp and energetic and managed to get on the end of a couple of half chances before stepping up coolly and nailing a penalty in the 51st minute. Both Kane and his team mates will surely be looking to build on their solid performance and finally break their 4 game streak in the Premier League without a win.

West Ham will need to pull their socks up and produce a stellar performance if they are to upset Tottenham at home on Saturday afternoon. Off-the-field controversies surrounding their new stadium, a bucket-load of injuries and a number of plain-old, substandard performances continue to trouble the Hammers, and their 1-1 draw against Stoke at home before the break will not have filled them with a great amount of confidence. Things are only set to get harder from here; the next three fixtures against Manchester Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool may well prove to either make or break West Ham’s season.

Team News

Erik Lamela and Toby Alderweireld will not be fit enough to make the team sheet for this weekend’s London Derby game. Both players are however expected to recover from their respective hip and leg injuries in the coming weeks.

It is looking likely that both Vincent Janssen and Hugo Lloris will both be fit enough to take the field on Saturday afternoon. Janssen has recovered from the concussion he suffered whilst on international duty with Holland and Lloris seems to shaken off a slight knock.

Mark Noble will be forced to miss this weekend’s fixture after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season against Stoke. He will be available again on the 27th November.

Winston Reid and James Collins both look as though they’ll be ready to return to action after being side-lined for some time due to injury. Collins seems to have recovered from his calf strain while Reid looks to be in good health after suffering a hamstring injury.

Expected line-ups:

Tottenham (3-4-2-1): Lloris, Dier, Wimmer, Vertonghen, Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Rose, Eriksen, Rose, Kane
Subs: Janssen, Vorm, Nkoudou, Trippier, Onomah, Winks, Carter-Vickers
Injured: McGee, Alderweireld, Davies, Lamela,
Doubtful: Alli
Not available: Reid
West (3-4-3): Kouyate, Collins, Ogbonna, Antonio, Noble, Obiang, Cresswell, Lanzini, Ayew, Payet
Subs: Randolph, Reid, Nordtveit, Feghouli, Zaza, Fletcher, Calleri
Injured: Masuaku, Byram, Oxford, Noble, Töre, Cullen, Carroll
Doubtful: Sakho
Not available: –

So far this season

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Tottenham this season West Ham this season
5th League Position 17th
3 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
4-0 vs Stoke Biggest win 1-0 vs Sunderland
2 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (0)
Biggest Defeat 3-0 vs. Southampton
Son Heung-Min (4) Top scorer Michail Antonio (5)
Christian Eriksen (3) Assist Leader Dimitri Payet (4)
Y23, R0 Discipline Y30, R1
1 Failures to score 2
5 Clean Sheets 3
6 Both Teams to Score Games 6
4 Over 2.5 Games 2
7 Under 2.5 Games 9
  • Tottenham have been one of the best defensive teams this campaign. They’ve managed to keep 5 clean sheets in all games in the Premier League (1 behind Chelsea) and have conceded the least amount of goals.
  • Most of West Ham’s games have been low scoring affairs. There have only been 2 occasions in the Premier League this season where a game has produced more than 2.5 goals.
  • Tottenham’s continuing streak in the Premier League with no wins has seen them slip down to 5th place in recent weeks. They still remain the only undefeated side, however they’ll be hoping to record a victory this weekend to avoid slipping too far away from the top 4.
  • West Ham are currently the team with the worst discipline in the league. They’ve managed to rack up 30 yellow cards since the start of the season and also have a single red card to their name.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
02/03/2016 Premier League West Ham 1 – 0 Tottenham Antonio, Michail 7′
22/11/2015 Premier League Tottenham 4 – 1 West Ham Kane, Harry
11/04/2015 Premier League West Ham 1 – 1 Stoke A.Cresswell 7′
22/02/2015 Premier League Tottenham 2 – 2 West Ham C.Kouyate 22′
03/05/2014 Premier League West Ham 2 – 0 Tottenham H.Kane (og) 27′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

The bookies are currently showing Tottenham as strong favourites (and quite rightly so) for this weekend’s derby game. Current form puts Spurs well in the driver seat, and with a number of injuries still plaguing The Hammers, an away win looks extremely unlikely. It’s an outside bet, but you could opt for a draw for this one; Ladbrokes are currently showing odds of 10/3, which is by all accounts a very good offer.