West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – London Stadium – Sunday (2pm) – Preview
He loved derby day as a player and continues to enjoy it as a supporter. I think it’s fair to say that former West Ham United striker, Brian Dear is buzzing ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s visit to the London Stadium on Sunday.
While the Hammers continue to evolve into a slick outfit under the guidance of David Moyes, Tottenham themselves have begun to show signs of recovery following an indifferent start to the campaign.
And that all adds up to an exciting prospect in-store, according to the man who netted for the Hammers in a 2-1 First Division victory over their great rivals back in December 1967: “I can’t wait for this one,” Dear told Yellow Sport.
“Both teams will fancy it, both will be keen to make an impression. I think I think West Ham will be happier with their start to the season. We are still a bit of a work in progress, but these matches don’t hold any fear for us.
“In the past, I think the pressure has largely been on Tottenham. But that has shifted a bit now because of the expectation that has come with our improvement under Davie Moyes.
“Both teams have some great attacking options, but I think defensively West Ham hold the edge at the moment. This was highlighted at Everton last weekend. We never really looked like losing the game. Kurt Zumoua has been an astute signing. I think he has brought the best out of Angelo Ogbonna too.”
Dear continued: “The international break came at the right time for us. Notably, I thought Tomas Soucek looked back at it. He’s such an important player for West Ham.
On visitors, Spurs, Dear added: “I’ve heard lots of experts commenting about Harry Kane’s early-season form but let’s be honest, you’d rather have a player like that in your side as opposed to against you.
“Kane and Heung-Min Son will score goals and Tottenham will improve. They are some way off the top four, but will be amongst the chasing pack.”
Recalling that match-winning goal from 54 years ago, Dear enthused: “It was a back-heel.
“Pat Jennings was in goal for them. Martin Peters headed it towards me – It just fell nice off my chest. I remember Jimmy Greaves, playing for Spurs, calling me a lucky so-and-so as we celebrated.
“Billy Bonds got our other goal, while Jimmy Roberston scored for Tottenham. I was sharing the Upton Park pitch with the likes of Bobby Moore, Jimmy, Martin and Cliff Jones. Wonderful memories – fantastic footballers.”
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur