West Ham welcome Tottenham for a fiery London derby

Last updated: September 21, 2017 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:30pm
Venue: London Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1
Home Team Form: LLLWD
Away Team Form: WLDWD
Last Meeting: West Ham 1 – 0 Spurs
Competition: Premier League

Who doesn’t love a London derby? The football kicks off in style this weekend as West Ham welcome local rivals Spurs at the London Stadium. Neither team have necessarily had the start they would have liked. West Ham had to play their first three opening games away from home, resulting in three defeats. Since then, they’ve picked up their first win, followed by a draw against fellow mid-tablers West Brom, picking up two consecutive clean sheets along the way. Spurs on the other hand have had the opposite problem. Wembley is their temporary home for the year, but it’s not a happy one. Two draws and defeat at Wembley, combined with two victories away from the stadium, gives credence to the Wembley curse and suggests that Tottenham may have big problems this season.

The return of Andy Carroll is always welcomed at West Ham, but this season, since the summer purchase of Javier Hernández, Carroll’s return raises some tactical problems for Slaven Bilic. Hernández has been playing almost as a winger in the last two matches to accommodate Carroll up-front, although there has been little evidence to suggest that this is an effective position for one of the world’s best poachers. Captain Mark Noble has recovered from an injury and could return to the team, but Bilic will have to find a better solution to his team’s shape. A third consecutive clean sheet is a big ask here, but West Ham have had success against Spurs in recent years by playing a solid, counter-attacking style.

Tottenham were a little toothless against Swansea last week. Victory at Wembley once again eluded them, as Swansea bravely hung on for a draw. Spurs will certainly count that match as points dropped as they slip even further away from their rivals. There can be no mistakes here then, but West Ham are a bit of a bogey team for Spurs. Towards the end of last season, West Ham sneaked a 1-0 victory that all but ended Tottenham’s chances of catching eventual league winners Chelsea. Away from Wembley, Spurs seem a different team however, and have to up their performance levels from the last match.

Team News

West Ham are still without Manuel Lanzini who is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

Elsewhere, James Collins has an ankle complaint and could miss out, giving Slaven Bilic a potential headache in defence.

Even with Danny Rose still out, Spurs have plenty of options in defence. Ben Davies was rested last week against Swansea, but should regain his place for this one.

Failure to score last week should be a wake up call for Tottenham and will give Pochettino a decision to make regarding how he sets his team up.

Expected Line-Ups:

West Ham (4-4-2): Hart, Fonte, Reid, Ogbonna, Zabaleta, Kouyaté, Obiang, Cresweel, Antonio, Carroll, Hernández
Subs: Arnautovic, Adrián, Sakho, A Ayew, Collins, Masuaku, Noble
Injured: Lanzini, Fernandes
Doubtful: Collins
Not available:
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Alderweireld, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Trippier, Davies, Dier, Son Heung-min, Eriksen, Alli, Kane
Subs: Vorm, Llorente, Dembélé, Foyth, Aurier, Winks, Sissoko
Injured: Rose, Wanyama, Lamela
Doubtful: Nkoudou
Not available:

So Far This Campaign

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West Ham So Far This Campaign Tottenham So Far This Campaign
17th League Position 5th
1 (0) Wins (away) 0 (2)
2-0 vs. Huddersfield Biggest Win 3-0 vs. Everton
0 (1) Draws (away) 2 (0)
0 – 4 vs Manchester United Biggest Defeat 1 – 2 vs Chelsea
Hernández (2) Top Goal Scorer Alli (2)
Y9, R1 Discipline Y8, R0
3 Failures to Score 1
2 Clean Sheets 3
20% Both Teams to Score Games 40%
60% Over 2.5 Goals 40%
40% Under 2.5 Goals 60%
  • West Ham have failed to score in three of their five matches. Spurs are strong at the back and the Hammers are likely to set up fairly defensively, so there’s a strong chance they could blank again here.
  • Last week was the first time Spurs had failed to score in the Premier League this season. West Ham have kept two clean sheets in a row, but Spurs seem a much more dangerous team on the road this year.
  • That said, West Ham have scored in all of their last five matches against Tottenham. The honours are even, with two wins and a draw for each team.
  • Unsurprisingly, Spurs have been solid at the other end, with three clean sheets in five league games. West Ham have scored just four goals in total in the league and will find it tough here.

Head to Head

Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides
Date Game Result Round First Goal-scorer
05/05/2017 West Ham 1 – 0 Tottenham Premier League Jagielka 22′
19/11/2016 Tottenham 3 – 2 West Ham Premier League Antonio 24′
02/03/2016 West Ham 1- 0 Tottenham Premier League Antonio 7′
22/11/2015 Tottenham 4 – 1 West Ham Premier League Kane 23′
22/02/2015 Tottenham 2 – 2 West Ham Premier League Kouyaté 22′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

After Spur’s disappointing performance against Swansea last week, this is a tricky one to call. Their away form is notoriously better, but West Ham have turned a corner and finally got their season going, and are difficult to beat at home.

We could see one of Hernández or Carroll on the bench for this one, as West Ham set up defensively with the aim of pinching a goal on the counter-attack. For that reason, I see a low scoring encounter here, as West Ham try to frustrate Spurs. The Hammers have nicked a one goal victory in two of the last three encounters between these two, so don’t put it past them to pull off a heist again. We’ll be opting for under 2.5 goals then, which you can find at 23/20 at Coral.