A look ahead to West Ham v Spurs – A crucial match for both sides

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One of the most fascinating games that Tottenham Hotspur offered last season was the game against West Ham that ended with Harry Kane continuing our fine form at White Hart Lane. However, when the Spurs travelled to the London Stadium later on in the season, it was one of the very few games that resulted in a loss and it ended our title chances.

Now with the additions of Serge Aurier, Fernando Llorente, and Davinson Sanchez, there are absolutely no excuses to walk out of the London Stadium without 3 points.

Harry Kane loves a Derby but now there is a different approach to our game with Llorente. Putting in crosses to Llorente could mean a valuable 3 points.

West Ham are not exactly off to a great start in the Premier League, winning only 1 of their 4 games and conceding the most in the Premier League out of any team (except Everton) with 10 goals.  This could mean we have a chance to open the floodgates and score a load of goals and go back to how we were right before the last season ended. 

One key player to keep on eye on for West Ham is Javier Hernandez. He Has more than enough experience to score in the Premier League and with his off the ball movement, he could be trouble for us. 

Spurs will be counting on Christian Eriksen. He has been our top assister for the past 2 seasons and has been able to find those threading passes to Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Without Eriksen, we lack creativity and that is why he is unreplaceable. 

Dele Alli has not been the player we’ve seen the past 2 seasons at Tottenham. But that does not mean he won’t come back into form. Look at last season, for example, Dele truly began to score and assist during the month of December and then throughout the rest of the season.

Lamela, Rose, and Wanyama continue to be out due to injury with the exact return date. We have been able to cope with injury problems in the past. Our squad is big enough to deal with it and replace the missing players. Our full backs continue to improve under Pochettino with Ben Davies creating the most chances for us so far this season.

Predicted line up: Lloris, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Aurier, Dele, Eriksen, Kane (3-4-2-1).

Our style of play should be how we played against Dortmund in the Champions League: Sit back and counter attack. West Ham are more than likely to just sit back and cause frustration for us but we should be able to get around their leaky defence. 

My prediction is that Spurs will walk out the London Stadium with 3 points with a 3-1 win. 


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