Match Preview – West Ham United (H)

The fixtures keep coming for Tottenham Hotspur, and after a difficult first leg against Fiorentina on Thursday night, a London derby presents another challenging game for Spurs to contend in such a short period of time. With a hard fortnight ahead, Mauricio Pochettino’s side would have wanted more against their Italian counterparts in the week. With a win against the Hammers earlier in the season, an Eric Dier winner once again would do nicely this time around.

Venue: White Hart Lane

Kick-Off: 12:00pm

Television Coverage: BT Sport

Stats (via BBC Sport)

West Ham have won just one of their last 12 league games at White Hart Lane (D4, L7) – but the Hammers are chasing a third successive win there in all competitions. They won this fixture 3-0 last season, claiming their first win at Spurs since 1999, and two months later triumphed 2-1 in a League Cup game.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last seven home matches in the league (W5, D2) – having lost four of their first six. They have conceded 10 goals in their six Premier League games in 2015, keeping just one clean sheet. Harry Kane has scored 11 times in his last 10 top-flight appearances. Eight of Spurs’ last 10 Premier League victories have been by a 2-1 scoreline. Tottenham have conceded seven Premier League penalties – more than any other side prior to the latest round of matches. They have recovered 15 points from losing positions this term – the joint-highest figure in the division (along with Crystal Palace) prior to this weekend.

Opposition Focus

The Hammers have won one of eight league games since Christmas (D4, L3). West Ham have never had more points at this stage of a Premier League season. They also claimed 38 points from their opening 25 games in 1997-98 and 2005-06. The last top-flight season in which they did better was 1985-86, when they had 48 points at this stage. This is the first of four successive London derbies for West Ham – after Sunday’s game they host Crystal Palace and Chelsea before visiting Arsenal.

Team News

Mauricio Pochettino has a clean bill of health ahead of the London Derby. The Argentinian fielded a mixture of first-team and ‘back-up’ players on Thursday night, with the late introduction of Harry Kane an indication that the in-form forward is set to start on Sunday.

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Mason, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane

Score – Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 West Ham United

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