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    Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United: Match Preview

    By Tom Regan
    Tottenham Hotspur entertain West Ham at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon, with the hosts looking to close in on the top four in the Barclays Premier League.
    Spurs are in good form and still remain unbeaten in 11 games, last tasting defeat to Manchester United on the opening day. They lie in fifth place, just five points behind league leaders Manchester City.

    In their last match, the Lilywhites produced a quality display in a 1-1 draw against bitter rivals Arsenal in the North London Derby. Mauricio Pochettino’s side deservedly took a first half lead through Harry Kane, before Gunners substitute Kieran Gibbs earned his side a point with a 77nd minute leveler.

    Such was the dominance of the performance, many Tottenham supporters were disappointed to leave The Emirates Stadium with just a draw, but they will take huge positives from the outstanding performance their team delivered on their rivals patch.
    West Ham are in sixth position in the table, level on points with their London rivals. Slaven Bilic’s side have impressed this term, drawing 1-1 with Everton at the Boleyn Ground in their last fixture.

    Argentinian playmaker Manuel Lanzini has been in fine form for the Hammers, and it was he who opened the scoring, before Romelu Lukaku scored just before the interval to cancel out Lanzini’s opener. The Belgian international has now found the net in seven consecutive games against West Ham.

    Bilic’s team will be searching for another high profile away scalp, having already won at Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool this season.
    Spurs have enjoyed the better of previous meetings between the clubs in the Premier League, triumphing on 18 occasions of the 38 games played. The Hammers have won 12 times, and 8 of them have ended in draws

    The north Londoners have also enjoyed the better of the meetings at White Hart Lane, winning ten of the 19 games played.

    West Ham have sealed four wins, and five games have been drawn. Despite their stronger overall record in the Premier League, the Lilywhites have won just one of the last five matches in all competitions against Slaven Bilic’s side.

    Tottenham will be without attacking midfielders Alex Pritchard and Nacer Chadli through injury and Erik Lamela through suspension. The home side also have doubts of the fitness of Clinton N’Jie and Mousa Dembele. South Korean forward Heung Min-Son may return to the starting XI after recovering from injury.

    The Hammers suffered a major blow in the Everton game, as their star man Dmitri Payet limped off. The French international is set to miss three months of the season with an ankle injury following James McCarthy’s careless tackle.
    Elsewhere, central defender James Collins is suspended and striker Enner Valencia will be missing after also suffering an ankle injury against Everton. Pedro Obiang, Alex Song and Diafra Sakho are also doubts for the clash.

    Betting Odds (bet365)
    Tottenham: 4/7
    Draw: 16/5
    West Ham: 11/2
    Match Prediction

    Tottenham have hit some solid form of late, and Harry Kane looks to have rediscovering his touch in front of goal. The Hammers campaign faces a real test with the absence of star playmaker Dimitri Payet. Spurs have some injury troubles of their own, but I believe Pochettino’s side have more than enough quality to see off the Hammers in this London derby.

    Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 West Ham United (12/1 with bet 365)
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