Friday’s game will be the 42nd time the two sides have met in the Premier League, Spurs lead the head to head with 20 wins to West Ham’s 13. This will be Tottenham’s 1st trip to the London Stadium, West Ham are looking to win back to back home games in consecutive seasons against Spurs for the 1st time since 1998/99 and 1999/00. Last time these two met Spurs secured a 3-2 home win in November, they came from behind twice to secure all 3 points. Harry Kane’s brace came in the 89th and 91st minute, after Harry Winks had scored on his 1st Premier League start. West Ham have 3 draws a win and a defeat in their last five games. They find themselves in 15th position in the league, seven points clear of the relegation zone. Spurs are currently on a 9-game winning streak in the Premier League, they are currently four points behind leaders Chelsea and twelve points clear of fifth place.
Slaven Bilic has been experimenting with his side in the past few weeks using several different formations trying to get a winning formula. He has used a back three, a lone front man and two upfront in recent weeks. Two of their last three games have ended in a goalless draw, so he has tightened up defensively but now are struggling in attack. Michail Antonio is West Ham’s top scorer this season with 9 goals and 3 assists, he has been played in eight different positions this season including right back. West Ham have scored 44 goals this season but have conceded 59 and have just 9 clean sheets from their 35 games. A telling statistic to demonstrate their struggles this season, is Dimitri Payet is still their player leading in many categories including assists despite being sold in January. Spurs have reverted to a 4-2-3-1 formation as this system suits the full backs rather than them playing as wing backs. In contrast to West Ham, Spurs have scored 71 goals and conceded just 22. They have made over 17000 passes this season with an accuracy of 82%, and of 599 shots taken 219 of those have been on target. Spurs are looking for their 24th win of the campaign, which would be their most victories in a league campaign since 1966/67.
Spurs ensured their last North London Derby at White Hart Lane ended in victory, their 2-0 win ensured that they will finish above Arsenal in the table for the 1st time in 22 years. Dele Alli and Harry Kane netted 146 seconds apart, it was their 17th and 21st goals of the season. Dele Alli has 27 goals in his 66 Premier League appearances, added to that he has 14 assists. Harry Kane’s remarkable goal scoring in London Derbies continued he now has 18 goals in last 20 appearances, five of those are against West Ham. West Ham drew 0-0 away to Stoke, there were unable to find a way past Jack Butland who was in excellent form on his return from injury. Andre Ayew had several attempts to break the deadlock but he couldn’t add to his tally of 5 league goals.
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