Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to maintain their perfect start at their new stadium when they play host to West Ham on Saturday.
The north London club left it late to make it four wins from four at their new home after Christian Eriksen’s 88th-minute strike secured a 1-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday.
Three points tightened Spurs’ grip on third-place in the Premier League’s top four race, but a slip-up against the Hammers could see their competitors close the gap.
For Manuel Pellegrini, his side have tailed off in recent weeks, but the Chilean will be hoping to give West Ham fans the ultimate bragging rights by becoming the first away club to win at the 62,062-seater venue.
Read on for Spurs vs West Ham TV channel info, stats, predicted XIs and team news.
When is Spurs vs West Ham?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Date: Saturday, April 27
Kick-off: 12:30 PM BST
Where can I watch live?
UK residents will be able to watch Spurs vs West Ham on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, channels 401 and 402 respectively on Sky, and channels 501 and 502 respectively for Virgin Media users.
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One of the age-old English rivalries, these two capital clubs have locked horns on 211 occasions since their first encounter in 1898.
Spurs ultimately come out on top in the overall records with 96 wins to the Hammers’ 63, while this London derby has also played out 52 draws.
Spurs wins: 96 Draws: 52 West Ham wins: 63
Mauricio Pochettino will want to ensure maximum reward is achieved against West Ham as they vie for a top four finish against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
After losing to Man City at the weekend, Spurs have since reignited their chances of finishing in a Champions League qualification spot after narrowly edging past the Seagulls on Tuesday night.
With four wins from four – and no goals conceded – at the new ground, Spurs will be confident their home can continue to be a very unhappy hunting ground for travelling teams.
Well, Pochettino may not have to worry about his new fortress being breached this weekend as West Ham have won just four league games on the road this term and have not tasted victory since mid-March.
There have also been murmurs at the London Stadium that West Ham are beach mode after reaching the fabled 40-point mark, but a match of this magnitude should rouse Pellegrini’s troops.
Will Spurs finally concede?
Tuesday night’s match had all the makings of a ‘Spursy’ slip-up and yet this new breed of club Pochettino has developed managed to break the Brighton bulwark and find the answers.
Eriksen’s Midas touch ensured the club’s perfect start remained intact, but if anything, the club have been more impressive defensively. Four successive clean sheets at the venue has all-but established the new White Hart Lane as something of a sanctuary for Pochettino.
Any club looking to flourish both domestically and on the continental stage will tell you that home form is one of the essential pillars to that success. Early signs may suggest there’s an element of impetus and optimism simply because it’s the new stadium, but their old stomping ground was always an intimidating venue, and that looks set to continue in north London.
West Ham come into this match off the back of some woeful results, and given the club’s poor away form – having scored just 15 goals and conceded 27 – Spurs are certainly in a strong position to maintain their perfect start.
What are West Ham playing for?
Just before Christmas West Ham were thriving under the guidance of summer appointment Pellegrini, but that positive period has since washed away.
The club were realistically battling with Leicester City, Watford, Wolves and Everton for seventh, or the ‘best of the rest’, but have petered out in almost typical West Ham fashion.
With eight points separating them and current seventh-place occupiers Wolves, it would take a miracle for the club to salvage a Europa League spot with three games remaining.
So what are West Ham actually playing for? Well, a higher finish in the league equates to a higher percentage of TV revenue from the Premier League, but West Ham fans will tell you that this weekend’s lunchtime meeting will be about pride – and more importantly: bragging rights.
West Ham could welcome back Carlos Sanchez to their squad after the Colombian suffered a knee injury seven months ago.
Pellegrini will also be hoping Javier Hernandez returns to action after he missed the 2-2 draw with Leicester due to an ear problem.
For Spurs, Harry Winks once again faces a late fitness test to see if he will be available for the match, while Serge Aurier, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Kane remain out. Erik Lamela could return to the match day squad following his thigh injury.
How everyone thinks Spurs and West Ham will line up
1. A new look West Ham midfield?
After a tortuous four months on the sidelines Jack Wilshere finally returned to the West Ham fold on Saturday, making a five-minute cameo against Leicester.
Whether the England international can now remain fit is a mystery, given his wretched injury history, but there is always a slight possibility and wishful thought that Wilshere will one day rediscover his early Arsenal form.
It may be too soon, but Pellegrini could give Wilshere some significant playing time, as well as Sanchez who could return to his squad after last appearing in September.
Predicted West Ham XI (4-3-3): Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Snodgrass, Noble; Anderson, Arnautovic, Antonio.
2. Fernando Llorente out, Eric Dier in
It made sense for Pochettino to call upon his mountainous marksman for the clash against a Brighton side who were always guaranteed to sit back.
Given how compressed Brighton made their defensive-third, any team would have struggled to find gaps, and so the Argentine ensured a Plan B was available: expose the Seagulls aerially.
Ultimately this proved ineffectual as well, as Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy dominated the air, but against West Ham Pochettino may be tempted to deploy a front two of Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min, while placing Eric Dier in the heart of his midfield.
This could work for two reasons: firstly, West Ham pose more of a threat on the attack than Brighton, so the inclusion of Dier will help to stifle any danger; and secondly, Lucas and Son have proved devastating when positioned up top together, so this could give Spurs much more fluidity and cohesion in the final third.
Predicted Spurs XI (4-1-2-1-2): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama; Dier, Alli; Eriksen; Lucas, Son.
3. Pochettino to keep faith with Llorente
With Harry Kane absent, Fernando Llorente has been tasked with leading the Spurs line, but the Spaniard is once again struggling in front of goal.
Llorente has not scored for Tottenham since the end of January, but he has been somewhat of a good luck charm, with Spurs failing to win six of the past seven games in which he has not started – including a 1-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend.
As such, the Evening Standard believe Spurs will opt to start with Llorente as they look to wrap up third place ahead of their Champions League tie against Ajax in midweek.
The Standard have also gone for Ben Davies to get the nod over Danny Rose in defence, in an otherwise expected Spurs team.
Evening Standard‘s predicted Spurs XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier; Wanyama; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Llorente.
West Ham have been exceptionally poor over the past few months, but a London derby against Spurs is always a key motivator for the club, so they should turn up for this one. Spurs, while they possess more quality than the Hammers, have endured a few jittery moments in the league over the past few months, so this has all the makings of a blockbuster bout. Spurs 2-2 West Ham.