Tottenham Hotspur will take on West Ham United on Saturday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Lilywhites will be hoping to further secure the third spot in the Premier League table which will guarantee them Champions League football next season.
Despite the Hammers having very little to play for, a London derby is always a very difficult affair.
The idea of pride and bragging rights takes over. And, with Spurs’ new stadium finally finished, the east Londoners have no leverage over the north London club.
This makes them even more dangerous, as a win would be a significant statement bringing plenty of joy to their supporters.
In addition, the Stratford-based club are known for spoiling records of brand new grounds.
The Irons were the first team to win at the Emirates Stadium, and the last team to walk off with a victory at Highbury.
They will, therefore, travel to the better side of north London with similar hopes this week.
Speaking to SkySports, former Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp warned the Lilywhites ahead of the clash: “I’ve said it before the West Ham game is such an important one”.
“Because it’s a derby game, I’ve played in it, and it means so much to the Spurs fans.
“But West Ham have come to Spurs, to White Hart Lane and to Wembley, and had good results previously so it won’t be an easy one.
“And the Spurs players subconsciously will have their mind on the Champions League so that’s important for them.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
The game will certainly not be easy. London derbies always bring excitement to supporters and the players of both teams involved.
Even though West Ham have very little to play for in the Premier League, they will still give 100 per cent during the match. Their fans will definitely expect that.
A win in the derby on Saturday will give them some kind of bragging rights over Tottenham which they are definitely missing at the moment.
In addition, the Lilywhites may have their incredibly important clash against Ajax Amsterdam in mind.
The players have already made history by advancing to the semi-final of the Champions League, but unsurprisingly they want to go even further.
Despite all this, Spurs must make sure that they secure their grip on the third spot in the Premier League.
A victory against West Ham will definitely move them closer towards their goal.
It will be a tough game, but we still expect Tottenham to win.
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