West Ham v Tottenham: Premier League match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Upton Park
Saturday 16 August 2014
Last season, every Spurs game against West Ham could be considered a symbol of the terrible year Spurs had known.
Starting in October, the post-Gareth Bale Tottenham were beaten three times in all competitions by their London rivals.
New coach Mauricio Pochettino will have to erase these outrages from the collective memory. Erik Lamela has been sparkling during pre-season and key man Christian Eriksen has not been injured for a long time. Former Sporting Lisbon centre back Eric Dier should make Spurs' porous defence stronger.
Sam Allardyce has once more lost Andy Carroll, but spent millions to replace him. Ecuador World Cup star Enner Valencia signed from Pachuca for £12m and former Lazio striker Mauro Zarate has also arrived.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
West Ham 2 (Kane, Downing) Tottenham 0, Premier League, May 2014
Tottenham 1 (Adebayor) West Ham 2 (Jarvis, Maïga), League Cup, December 2013
Tottenham 0 West Ham 3 (Reid, Vaz Tê, Morrison), Premier League, October 2013
Ricardo Vaz Te and his partners will have the chance to score the 100 goal in a West Ham v Spurs.
The Hammers have not defeated Tottenham three times in a row since 1998-1999.
Hugo Lloris has realised 14 clean sheets last season. Only Petr Cech, Wojciech Szczęsny (16) and Tim Howard (15) have done better.
West Ham to win: 3.6
Tottenham to win: 3.5
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10:30pm.
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