West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – London Stadium – Sunday (Noon) – Preview
Erratic Tottenham Hotspur make the short trip to East London, perhaps in the unusual position as underdogs.
While the Lilywhites’ Premier League challenge has floundered, hosts’ West Ham United have arguably been this seasons ‘surprise package’ recording twelve victories and making a genuine challenge for a top-six finish.
Indeed, the dramatic meeting between the pair back in mid-October has somewhat shaped their respective campaigns. Tottenham’s having raced into a three-goal lead, playing some scintillating football before West Ham dug deep into their energy reserve to claw back the deficit in a dramatic final eight minutes to claim a share of the spoils.
“The first game against West Ham is a little bit of the reflection of our season and the reflection of some of our problems,” Spurs boss, Jose Mourinho explained.
“If we win that game you would all say we played amazingly well, which we did. We had an incredible first half, lots of quality, lots of dominance, we played really well but we didn’t win it and this is a reflection of many of our matches.
“We played well, we should win but the final result is not a victory and the perception, which becomes the reality, you didn’t win, the result is not good, people can say the team didn’t play well.”
Mourinho has injury issues to contend with ahead of the game. Sergio Reguilon, Giovani Lo Celso and Serge Auier remain sidelined, while Harry Kane could return after missing Thursday’s UEFA Europa League victory over Wolfsberger.
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur