Paul Merson has claimed that West Ham United have better players than Tottenham and the Hammers will finish above their London rivals if they keep their key stars fit through the campaign.
Tottenham finished outside the top six for the first time since 2009 last season, with Jose Mourinho being sacked in April.
The Hammers meanwhile had their best season in a long time, eventually finishing in sixth place, three points and one place ahead of Spurs.
The two teams look set to compete again for European qualification this season, with just a point separating Nuno Espirito Santo’s men and David Moyes’ men heading into the clash at the London Stadium.
Spurs are coming off two back-to-back wins in the Premier League against Aston Villa and Newcastle and will be hoping to make it three in a row in the derby.
However, Merson believes that the Hammers will take all three points on Sunday and will go on to finish above the Lilywhites for the second season in a row.
The former Arsenal midfielder wrote in his column on Sportskeeda: “This is a big game and I’m predicting West Ham to win at home.
“In my opinion, they are a better team than Tottenham Hotspur because they are more consistent and dig in more in the bigger games. If David Moyes manages to keep everyone fit over the course of the season, West Ham will finish above Spurs.
“Spurs got a good result against Newcastle United in their previous Premier League encounter, but I still feel like West Ham can grind this one out. While on the other hand, I can’t see Spurs doing that consistently throughout the season.”
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It says a lot about the expectations at West Ham and Spurs that they had one of their best seasons in a long time last time out and we had one of our worst, and yet, they only finished three points ahead of us.
Similarly, they have been getting a lot of praise for their performances this season while Spurs have been getting criticised left, right and centre, and yet, we sit above them in the table heading into Sunday’s clash.
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