Tottenham v West Ham
Thursday, Jan 04 – 20:00pm
Tottenham beat Swansea City 2-0 at the weekend thanks to goals from Fernando Llorente and Dele Alli. Spurs have now won five of their last six matches in the Premier League, and a win today would see them move within one point of the Top 4. Striker Harry Kane is expected to return to the starting XI tonight, having made a 22 minute cameo against the Swans. Danny Rose is unlikely to feature for Tottenham, but Victor Wanyama could make his first appearance since August.
A 94th minute goal from Andy Carroll granted West Ham their fifth win of the season, when the Hammers beat West Brom 2-1 on Tuesday night. Manager David Moyes claimed that the victory was hugely important for the club, and praised Andy Carroll for his superb effort. Could we see the big man start for the Hammers tonight? Aaron Cresswell is expected to miss tonight’s match having suffered a back injury during the West Brom game. Michail Antonio, Andre Ayew, and Reece Oxford are also doubtful to feature for West Ham.
What the stats tell us:
- Spurs won 3-2 when they met West Ham at the London Stadium earlier in the season – the last time they beat the Hammers in both league fixtures in a season was back in 2012/13.
- West Ham have only managed to win one of their last 15 visits to Tottenham in the Premier League (D5 L9) – a 3-0 victory in October 2013.
- The Hammers have already beaten Spurs at Wembley this season – winning 3-2 in the Carabao Cup, after going 2-0 down in the first-half.
- There have been 29 goals over the last seven meetings between these two clubs in all competitions – an average of 4.1 goals per match.
- Tottenham have been defeated in three of their last five matches against London clubs in the Premier League.
- West Ham have won all three of their London Derbies at Wembley – beating Fulham in the FA Cup in 1975 (2-0), Arsenal in the FA Cup in 1980 (1-0), and Tottenham in the EFL Cup in 2017 (3-2).
- Tottenham have only lost one of their last 29 home matches in the Premier League (W23 D5) – the loss coming against Chelsea last August.
- The Hammers have taken four points from their last two matches away from home in the Premier League – more than they won in their previous nine away games.
Having beat Chelsea and held Arsenal to a draw in December, it’s tempting to say that West Ham have a pretty good chance of taking something from tonight’s match. However, a congested run of winter fixtures has not been kind to the Hammers. David Moyes’ side have had just one day to prepare for this game, and with a growing list of absentees, things are not looking good for the East London club. With Harry Kane returning to the starting XI, Tottenham should have too much fire power for West Ham to deal with. Spurs to win.