Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen has shared his prediction ahead of tonight’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
Spurs are boosted by the return of Dele Alli after the midfielder served a one-match suspension while Lucas Moura has recovered from the knock sustained during training which kept him out of Friday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United (Sky Sports).
Owen is expecting the London derby to be a tense affair and has tipped Spurs to come out on top in a closely contested game.
West Ham have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games (D2 L7), while away from home the Hammers have lost each of their last six.
Spurs will be looking to avenge last season’s defeat when West Ham became the first away side to win a competitive fixture at the new stadium; anything less than three points for Jose Mourinho’ side would have catastrophic implications for their Champions League hopes.
Owen told BetVictor: “Jose Mourinho was understandably disappointed at the 81st minute penalty awarded against his side on Friday which gave Manchester United the chance to level up the match and deny Tottenham a huge three points in their quest to secure a place in the top four.
“It means that Spurs are now without a win in their last seven games in all competitions.
“West Ham’s 0-2 defeat to Wolves at the weekend means they have now lost six of their last eight games in the Premier League and in fact have only recorded one win in their last ten.
‘I still fancy the Irons to climb away from the relegation zone but with Son Heung-min and Harry Kane back for Spurs after their injuries and with Dele Alli available again after his one match suspension, I feel that Spurs will squeeze to an important home win in what is sure to be a tight, cagey affair.”
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