Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United

The final festive Premier League game of this 2017-18 season has arrived, as West Ham United travel to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Initially postponed from New Year Eve for security reasons, both teams now meet 48 hours after playing their New Year games.

 

Team News

 

Harry Kane
Harry Kane is in line to start against West Ham

 

Harry Kane could return to the starting eleven, after coming on as a sub at Swansea on Tuesday evening.

Fitness news is still being awaited on Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose.

Centre back, Toby Alderweireld is out till February.

West Ham meanwhile has an lengthy injury list and Aaron Creswell could be the latest casualty.

Andre Ayew is doubtful with a hamstring injury but Michail Antonio might again not feature.

 

Stat Attack

  • These teams have already met twice this season with 1 win apiece (Spurs – League, West Ham – Carabao Cup). Both results were 3-2 to the winning team.
  • Both teams have two wins each and a draw from last five meetings in all competitions.
  • West Ham have played three London derbies at Wembley and won each match. Those wins however have all come in a cup competition.
  • Since David Moyes became West Ham manager, they have taken 4 points from two London derbies (1-0 vs Chelsea & 0-0 vs Arsenal).

 

Tottenham’s to lose?

Tottenham will be favourites, having dominated per game averages in several areas.

Per game average (Home/Away) Tottenham Hotspur (Home) West Ham (Away)
Corner 9 3.73
Fouls 8.6 10.36
Shots 20.1 9.45
Shots on Target 6.4 4.18
Goals 2.1 1.09
Yellow Cards 0.8 2.18
Red Cards 0 2

Their discipline is especially good with a very low foul average for a home team in the league.

If look at their yellow and red card average, you can see how good they are at avoiding trouble.

They even better those who have previously visited combined in the yellow card area.

Spurs per game average home
Red – Opposition Green – Tottenham Hotspur

West Ham themselves have decent averages for an away team, but will need to be at their clinical best here.

 

Prediction

Given how dominant Tottenham seems to be at home, there has to be one winner here.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Ham United

Jake predicts: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Ham United

Result: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United

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