West Ham United have enjoyed a strong start to the Premier League season as they look to secure European football once again this time around. Their European League campaign has been going exactly to plan thus far too as they’ve picked up three victories from three matches against Dinamo Zagreb, Rapid Vienna and Genk, which could allow them to rest players to focus on finding some consistency in the league.
The Hammers have shown their ability in away wins over the likes of Leeds United and Everton so far this term, but they’ve picked up just one home win in the league thus far against Leicester City. slipping to 1-2 defeats to both Manchester United and Brentford in their last two Premier League outings at the London Stadium. Can they please the supporters by beating one of their biggest rivals in Tottenham Hotspur this weekend?
For all of the criticism that Nuno Espirito Santo has received in the early stages of his time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Lilywhites make the short trip to East London Sunday afternoon sitting in fifth place in the table, just outside the top four after back-to-back league wins against Aston Villa and Newcastle United kept their Champions League chase on track.
There have been problems however and the spineless defeat to arch-rivals Arsenal in particular earlier this month did cause some anger from the fanbase, while the club have picked up just four points from a possible nine in the Europa Conference League having been held to a draw by Rennes and having lost to Vitesse Arnhem in midweek. A London derby win is needed for Santo and his squad here.
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West Ham vs Tottenham: Match Stats
Tottenham will rely on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to provide the steel in midfield once again in this game. Only Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Mitchell has made more tackles per 90 minutes of the players to play more than 610 minutes in the Premier League so far this season. He’s 21/20 to continue averaging more than 3 tackles per game by making three or more in this match with William Hill.
Spurs have struggled with conceding late goals recently, conceding six times after 65 minutes in their last five Premier League outings. West Ham meanwhile have scored four times and conceded just once after the 65 minute mark in their last three league fixtures, so expect the hosts to have the better of the latter stages in this game.
21 February 2021 – West Ham 2-1 Tottenham – Premier League
18 October 2020 – Tottenham 3-3 West Ham – Premier League
23 June 2020 – Tottenham 2-0 West Ham – Premier League
23 November 2019 – West Ham 2-3 Tottenham – Premier League
27 April 2019 – Tottenham 0-1 West Ham – Premier League
West Ham had the better of their rivals last season, drawing 3-3 away from home after a remarkable late comeback before winning the reverse fixture 2-1 at the London Stadium. Goals from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard were enough to stave off a late Spurs rally in that clash.