Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United

This is the 41st meeting between these two sides, Spurs are leading with 19 wins to West Ham’s 13 and only 8 draws. Last season both teams won their home game, a 4-1 win at White Hart Lane and a 1-0 win at Upton Park. Slaven Bilic is in his 2nd season in charge of West Ham United, this season isn’t going as well with just 3 wins and six defeats. Approaching 70 games in charge of West Ham it is his 2nd longest reign in his club management career. He spent six years as the Croatia head coach, most notably winning home and away against England ensuring their finished top of their qualifying group for Euro 2008. Last season he lead West Ham United to 7th place with their biggest point tally and highest number of goals in a season 65. West Ham moved into the London Stadium and have mixed results at their new home with just 2 wins. 

In recent weeks Bilic has been experimenting with his side opting for a 3-4-2-1 or 3-4-3 formation. A recent change to a back three has resulted in 2 wins from 4 games. He was reacting to the team conceding 11 goals in three games, which were all heavy defeats. West Ham will look to be hard to break down and make the midfield area congested. Spurs have used 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-4-1 formations and caused a surprise at the Emirates changing to a 3-4-2-1 formation. This range of formations can enable Pochettino more flexibility and certainly a formation he could use throughout the season, with the players he has in his squad. Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are ready made wingbacks, and has the centre backs capable of playing in a three. He may well use the formation for this game to match up against West Ham. 

West Ham drew with Stoke at home in their last game, leaving them fourth from bottom with 11 points. They have struggled for goals with 11 in 11 games, they also struggling to keep clean sheets conceding 20 goals already. West Ham concede an average of 1.82 goals a game compared to Spurs whose average is 0.55. Their shooting average is down at 19% with Spurs at 32%, Spurs make over a hundred more passes a game compared to West Ham but both have over 80% accuracy. Spurs drew away to Arsenal in their last game, a penalty from the returning Harry Kane canceled out a Kevin Wimmer own goal. The draw left Spurs in 5th place on 21 points five points off the top of the table. Spurs will hope that the International break hasn’t given them any more injury problems, as a few of the players are reporting back with slight knocks. Moussa Sissoko is back after his three-game suspension, and Toby Alderweireld missed Belgium’s games so should be fit to return to the squad. This will be the 2nd London Derby of three in a row for Spurs, as well as important Champions League tie. November could be a pivotal month in Tottenham’s season. 

How the teams may line up:

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