Tottenham Hotspur Match Preview
West Ham United are chasing consecutive Premier League doubles when they travel to The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face their fierce rivals in a London derby this afternoon. After the home win against Aston Villa a week ago, they would love to go into the international break on a high note.
It’s been quite a week for the Hammers, as they also cemented their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League by overturning a one goal deficit to knock out La Liga side Sevilla but winning this particular match is always going to be at the front of every West Ham fans mind.
The Irons will also be seeking revenge on Antonio Conte’s team for the defeat that Spurs handed to them which brought an end to their Carabao Cup run back on 22 December.
When the reverse fixture was played in Stratford back in October, today’s hosts were under the stewardship of former Wolverhampton Wanderers Head-Coach Nuno Espírito Santo.
Spurs have had more time to prepare ahead of this game. Having said that though, both teams are going into this encounter full of confidence, as the home side won 2-0 against Brighton and Hove Albion at The American Express Community Stadium on Wednesday night, while the Hammers were in the process of setting up the aggregate win against Sevilla a day later.
Andriy Yarmolenko has scored two goals this week and with most of the squad having played every minute of the second-leg just three days ago, he may well earn his first start of the season here, as David Moyes is considering making changes.
Nikola Vlašić could also start, along with Mark Noble, Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks. Arthur Masuaku might be considered as he has made a recent return to action. Saïd Benrahma and Manuel Lanzini could retain their places, while Łukasz Fabiański is set to return in goal.
The match is a 4:30pm kick-off and live coverage is being screened by Sky Sports from 4pm. The referee is Anthony Taylor.