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West Ham

Spurs Primed for Success


One would expect the England captain to break that 100-mark pretty soon, but a return to home comforts now awaits Tottenham, whose midweek win saw them leapfrog Wolverhampton Wanderers into seventh place – three behind bitter rivals Arsenal having played a game more before the Gunners face Aston Villa on Saturday.


The Gunners’ defeat to Liverpool on the same night has given Spurs that slight bit of hope in their Champions League pursuit, but Antonio Conte’s inconsistent side have made a habit of winning one then losing one in recent weeks, which does not bode all that well for Sunday.


However, the Lilywhites have suddenly discovered a hot goalscoring streak under Conte – striking 13 times across their last four Premier League matches – and as memorable as West Ham’s Thursday evening was, fatigue could certainly work in the hosts’ favour here.


Before Saturday’s fixtures kick off, West Ham sit one place better off than Tottenham in sixth but are only above their North London rivals courtesy of a better goal difference, and each of the Hammers’ last three games away from home in all tournaments has ended in defeat.


West Ham have come up trumps in the last two Premier League meetings with Spurs – both of which were in front of their own fans – but they lost 2-1 in North London in the EFL Cup quarter-finals back in December and will certainly not be at peak fitness after two hours of gruelling Thursday night action.

DPP Verdict

While West Ham will be on a major high after making club history in Europe, fatigue, the absence of Bowen and enforced alterations will play right into Tottenham’s hands in this derby. There is no doubt that Moyes’s side can still trouble this shaky Spurs backline, but with the hosts enjoying a golden streak in front of goal and seemingly having a clear identity in their XI, we are backing Conte’s side to crash the West Ham party.