Tottenham welcome rivals West Ham United in a London derby on Sunday afternoon as Andre Villas Boas’ side will want to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after last week’s home draw against Chelsea which was followed up with a comfertable victory in the Europa League against Russian side anzhi makhachkala in freezing tempretures in Siberian Russia as Jermaine Defoe and Nacir Chadli gave Spurs the perfect way to bounce back and a general confidence boost heading into the game at White Hart Lane against a struggling West Ham United side , who have struggled with so called second season syndrome in their second season as Allardyce’s men are currently in 17th place in the League after just one win this season , and that was on the opening day victory at home to newlt promoted Cardiff City.
Tottenham go into the game in a decent run of form and Villas Boas’ usual optomism looks like to be paying off as the summer spending spree which including star signings such as Danish wonderkid Christian Eriksen and Spaniard centre forward Roberto Soldado , who has been superb following his summer move from Valencia , brought on through the reaccuring financial difficulties affecting not just Valencia , but the whole of Spanish football altogether.
Spurs also brought in Brazillian ace Paulinho to add to the already strong midfield consisting of the underrated Moussa Dembele and Icelandic playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson , who has been in fine form for the Lillywhite’s this season as the North London club want to make the Lane a fortress once again after some consistant performances which has led to pundits and various journalist’s even tipping them for a challenge at the top after Levy and Villas Boas’ benefitted from the summer sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid as he used the money to build a superb looking squad.
West Ham go into the game in a bad run of form after just one victory in the current season and look set for a season of struggle with no real recognised centre forward as club record transfer signing Andy Carroll , who impressed at the Boleyn Ground during his loan spell last season faces around four months out as Sam Allardyce looks set to gamble on an injury strikened side travel to a ground they haven’t had much look at in the lsst few years off the back of some poor results which include home defeats to Stoke City and Everton , and an away defeat to newly promoted Hull City as the Hammers struggle for form after last season’s positive tenth place finish .
The Hammers will look to bounce back in style after some unfortunate and unlucky defeats during the last couple of weeks without their big pony tailed centre forward as Allardyce will be looking to Modibo Maiga and influential captain Kevin Nolan , who has delievered time and time again for Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers as Nolan spent several superb years in the Big Sam revolution as the club punched above their weight in those years. Jussi Jaaskelainen , who put in a superb performance at Upton Park in the corresponding fixture in February , a game which was won by Spurs that day thanks to a superb winner from Gareth Bale….. will also be vital if the Hammers want to squash their poor record with a positive performance at the Lane.
Danny Rose is set to miss the game as he battles against an injury as Aaron Lennon , Emmanual Adebayor and recent French signing Etienne Capoue look set to miss the game through injury and will presumably be back after the international break next week.
West Ham have had a poor away record which is well doccumented having scored just 11 goals in 22 away games back in the Premier League after their promotion in 2012 , an unwated stat for Allardyce’s men as they rely heavilly on the tall physical centre forward Andy Carroll in what will be a tough fixture for the East London outfit.
Tottenham (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembélé, Paulinho; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Soldado.
Out: Adebayor (illness), Capoue (ankle), Kaboul (abductor), Lennon (foot), Rose (toe).
West Ham (Possible, 4-1-4-1): Jaaskelainen; O’Brien, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney; Noble; Jarvis, Morrison, Nolan, Downing; Petric.
Out: Carroll (heel), Diarra (knee).
Tests: Cole (hamstring).
Referee: Lee Probert. Matches: 3. R1 Y2.
My prediction Spurs 2 West Ham United 0
By Ben Reardon @BenReardon1