Tottenham Hotspur can push rivals West Ham United further into relegation trouble when they meet in the Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
Key Stat: Tottenham Hotspur can push rivals West Ham United further into relegation trouble when they meet in the Premier League.
Expert Verdict: In a crucial match for both teams' hopes at opposite ends of the table, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United go into this game in very different situations. For Spurs, they are back to full strength and favourites to win this match. West Ham, on the other end, are in dire straits.
Lucas Moura could miss out, but Spurs have Dele Alli back from suspension to add to a strong line-up that already saw Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane return from injury over the extended break.
Harry Kane – The England captain will be keen to get back in the goals as soon as possible as he makes his return to Premier League action.
Son Heung-Min – The break should have done the popular South Korean international good after a frustrating season.
Steven Bergwijn – Has now netted against both Manchester clubs after his strike against United last time out, following a powerful run.
Spurs are without a win in seven matches but they did earn a draw with Manchester United last time out – Steven Bergwijn scoring their goal. They drew their previous Premier League too, against Burnley, with Dele Alli scoring on that occasion.
Defenders:Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen
Midfielders:Serge Aurier, Gedson Fernandes, Moussa Sissoko, Ryan Sessegnon
Forwards:Steven Bergwijn, Harry Kane, Son Heung Min
Robert Snodgrass leads the West Ham injury list after back and ankle injuries last time out, while Angelo Ogbonna remains sidelined and Sebastien Haller, Pablo Zabaleta and Arthur Masuaku are also unavailable.
Jarrod Bowen – Much was expected of the new signing before the season paused and the brief glimpses he showed before then need to come to fruition.
Michail Antonio – Led the attack last time out and the powerful forward needs to find some goals to help lift West Ham away from trouble.
Lukasz Fabianski – Some of West Ham’s worst form came when the Polish goalkeeper was out injured. He is absolutely key between the sticks.
A late but ultimately comfortable 2-0 defeat to Wolves last time out means struggling West Ham have won just one of their last 11 matches in all competitions. Since that win, against Southampton, they have lost 1-0 to Arsenal and now 2-0 to Wolves, either side of lockdown.
Defenders:Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Declan Rice, Aaron Cresswell
Midfielders:Mark Noble, Thomas Soucek
Attacking Midfielders:Jarrod Bowen, Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals
West Ham earned a rare away win against Spurs last season, but Tottenham have won the other three of their last four meetings in total. This season’s previous meeting proved a dramatic one – Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane fired Spurs into a 3-0 lead but late goals from Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna meant a late scare in a match that finished 3-2 in the end – West Ham also having a goal chalked off by VAR. Here are the results of their last five competitive matches:
Nov 23, 2019: West Ham United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Apr 27, 2019: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 West Ham United
Oct 31, 2018: West Ham United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Oct 20, 2018: West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Jan 04, 2018: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United
Neither side come into this match in good form – Spurs are without a win in seven games in all competitions and West Ham have won one in 11.
And yet Tottenham are in a far better place – still challenging for European qualification and back to full strength on the pitch too.
Harry Kane’s return is a big boost, while Son Heung-Min is also back and Dele Alli returns from suspension too.
For West Ham, by contrast, they are suffering yet more injury problems with a disappointing season having been beset by injuries.
The Hammers are now outside the drop zone on goal difference only and their form does not show any sign of a consistent end to their predicament.
Certainly against rivals Spurs, they start as big outsiders. Spurs’ lose home advantage due to no fans being in for this lockdown match but the Hammers have not showed enough to suggest that will matter.
Kane, Son, Alli and Steven Bergwijn are all dangerous attacking players and Spurs can claim victory in this match.
Tottenham are big favourites to beat West Ham and can be backed at 8/11 to win with Betway.
Both teams to score in this derby game is 7/10 with Betway and Bet365, meanwhile.
Likewise, after five goals when they last met, you can get 8/11 from Bet375 on there being over 2.5 goals.
Fit-again Harry Kane is a best price of 19/20 to score at any time with 888sport.
After a slow start to football’s restart, this could be one of the games where the goals start to flow again.