Tottenham Hotspur Stadium plays host to Sunday’s all-London Premier League showdown between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
Spurs could be looking down the barrel of a third consecutive season without securing Champions League football unless Antonio Conte finds the formula to turn things around in the final nine matchdays.
Tottenham head into this fixture trailing fourth-placed Arsenal by three points, with the Gunners’ game in hand putting Conte’s side in front of a challenging task to lock up a fourth-place finish.
Things are looking slightly worse for West Ham, who are level on points with Spurs but have played two more matches than Mikel Arteta’s team.
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A lack of consistency has been Tottenham’s worst enemy during Conte’s decent managerial tenure, and it may well come back to haunt them in May.
Harry Kane and co have alternated between victories and defeat across their last three Premier League outings (W2, L1), while their four-game league record at home (W2, L2) supports the abovementioned premise.
However, Spurs will turn to their recent H2H record against West Ham for inspiration, having only lost twice in their last 19 top-flight meetings with cross-town rivals (W10, D7).
Playing on Sunday could throw a spanner in the works, though, with Conte’s men losing both previous such match-ups by the same 2-0 scoreline.
West Ham United
Brimming with confidence after ousting Sevilla from the Europa League in midweek, West Ham will hope to pick up where they left off last time out, having won 2-1 at home against Aston Villa.
But the Hammers have developed a habit of collapsing on hostile turf, going winless in their last three Premier League away matches (D1, L2), two of which saw them draw a blank.
In fact, West Ham have picked up just two triumphs across their last nine Premier League games outside the London Stadium (D2, L5), both of which came against sides currently sitting in the bottom half of the table.
There is a silver lining for David Moyes’ team, as they have won three of their last four top-flight London derbies (L1), as many victories as they had in their previous 12 such fixtures (W3, D5, L4).
Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga have yet to overcome their injury problems and will remain on the sidelines for this one.
Angelo Ogbonna and Vladimir Coufal have recently been joined by Jarrod Bowen on West Ham’s injury list.
Tottenham Hotspur Potential Starting XI:
(3-4-3): Hugo Lloris; Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Matt Doherty, Rodrigo Bentancur, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Sergio Reguilon; Dejan Kulusevski, Harry Kane, Son Heun-min.
West Ham United Potential Starting XI:
(4-2-3-1): Lucasz Fabianski; Ryan Fredericks, Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell; Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek; Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini, Said Benrahma; Michail Antonio.
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United Prediction
Spurs’ 2-0 win at Brighton in midweek Premier League action could have put some winds in their sails, but West Ham’s hard-earned 2-0 extra-time triumph over Sevilla sounds equally encouraging for the visitors.
Since neither side would benefit much from a draw, we expect both teams to push forward in pursuit of all three points, with Tottenham slightly ahead in terms of match fitness.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 West Ham United