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Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Premier League – Tuesday 8:15pm
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United – Preview;
BRIAN DEAR cast an anxious eye over the bottom end of the Premier League after Wolverhampton Wanderers inflicted a seventeenth defeat of the campaign on beleaguered West Ham United.
The Hammers remain outside the dropzone on goal difference after rivals failed to capitalise, However, with the east Londoners looking distinctly off the pace in the final third, Dear is concerned that his former club are now too reliant on what is going on around them.
“I know it was the first game back but we never really looked like winning the game,” Dear told Yellow Sport.
“We defended OK until Adama Traoré came on. But at the other end, there was hardly a threat. I’m not too sure where the next win is coming from and you can’t expect those around us to keep losing as well.
“Watford and Aston Villa showed a bit of spirit in their opening games. They appeared to be far sharper than us which is extremely worrying. If you ask me for an honest answer as to whether we’ll get out of it, I don’t think we will. I’m looking for players to step up and hit the challenge head-on. Apart from the few usual suspects, which players are you confident will do the business.”
And now the Hammers face a daunting trip to chief rivals, Tottenham – themselves in the last-chance saloon in chasing down a European place ahead of next season.
“We’ve usually got out of trouble because we have the knack of beating one or two of the top teams. However, eventually, that bit of luck runs out.
“Tottenham will be fired up themselves. With or without the fans – and we wish we had them in – this is a derby and the players know that.
“As with the game last Saturday, a positive result of any description will be more than welcome. But can I see us getting it? In truth, No!”
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United – Head to head;
Tottenham Hotspur won; 97
West Ham United won; 64
Last five meetings (all competitions);
January 4, 2018 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United
October 20, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
October 31, 2018 – Carabao Cup (League Cup)
West Ham United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
April 27, 2019 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 West Ham United
November 23, 2019 – Premier League
West Ham United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Brian Dear’s prediction; Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction; Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Ham United