Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has shared his prediction ahead of today’s match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.
West Ham could secure consecutive league wins over Tottenham for the first time since 2013-14 after beating the North London club at their new stadium towards the end of last season.
It has been a week full of change at Tottenham having parted company with Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday afternoon which was followed by the appointment of Jose Mourinho as the club’s new head coach the following morning.
Spurs go into the match at the London Stadium once again without Hugo Lloris (elbow) and Erik Lamela (hamstring) and are joined on the sidelines by recent returnee Michel Vorm who has picked up a calf strain which will keep him out for the rest of the month (Spurs official).
Owen has tipped Mourinho to pick up all three points in his first match as Spurs boss.
He told BetVictor: “Spurs took the decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino midweek and I have to say I was staggered by the decision.
“Yes, Spurs have their lowest points tally (14) after 12 league games for over a decade, but it is less than six months ago that they contested the Champions League Final and I believe the Argentinean’s next appointment will be with another major European power.
“Jose Mourinho was quickly installed as his replacement by Daniel Levy and there is no disputing he has been a great manager at some of the biggest clubs in the world, although I’m not convinced his star is actually in the ascendancy after his time at Old Trafford.
“West Ham have lost four of their last five league games while Manuel Pellegrini received a vote of confidence from the Hammers board after their latest defeat at Turf Moor.
“Spurs, despite their heavy defeat to Bayern Munich, have reserved their best performances for the Champions League of late, but a new manager often brings an upturn in fortunes. I expect Spurs to make a winning start to life under Mourinho.”
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