A fierce local rivalry is renewed on Sunday afternoon as Tottenham look to continue their fine form with victory over a West Ham United side who are hoping to get back to winning ways on the road.
For Spurs, this match comes after a meeting with their biggest rivals of all, and that they came away from Arsenal disappointed to have taken just a point is testament to the way they have been performing of late, with their run without a defeat in the Premier League now standing at an impressive 11 matches. They dominated large periods of that match but only had Harry Kane’s well taken first half goal to show for it, and could not withstand the late pressure.
Kane may have rediscovered his scoring boots, but it is his fellow England colleague Dele Alli who is now stealing much of the attention, and well deserved it is too. He scored his first international goal in midweek and seems to go from strength to strength, running the midfield against the toughest of opposition and really making the most of the opportunity given to him by manager Mauricio Pochettino. The 19-year-old will most certainly not hold back here against the combative Mark Noble.
Another excellent contribution from unsung hero Manuel Lanzini was not enough to earn West Ham all three points against Everton last time out as their perennial nemesis Romelu Lukaku pegged them back, but the major setback that came from that match was an injury to playmaker Dimitri Payet which will keep him out for three months. Despite the depth that exists in the Hammers squad, he will be sorely missed by both them and the Premier League, which he has lit up since his summer arrival.
Their last away display at Watford was a long way below par, so here Slaven Bilic will be calling on his side to reach the sort of level that earned them famous wins at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City earlier in the campaign. West Ham come into this just five points off the top of the Premier League and will leapforg Spurs should they triumph in this one, so there is plenty of incentive for them as they aim to take their strong start into the winter months.
Erik Lamela misses out for Tottenham due to having picked up five yellow cards. Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli are absent through injury, but Son Heung-min should return to the starting XI.
West Ham have striker Diafra Sakho and holding midfielder Alexandre Song back in contention, but Enner Valencia is a long-term absentee.
Last Meeting: West Ham came away from White Hart Lane in February feeling perplexed as to how they did not win, as Harry Kane scored from a penalty rebound which turned out to be the last kick of the game, to snatch an undeserved 2-2 draw for the hosts. A fine away performance had seen Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho put the Hammers two goals up, before Danny Rose’s scuffed shot provoked a grandstand finish.
Played for both – Frederic Kanoute: At the age of 22, Kanoute was brought to West Ham by Harry Redknapp in 2000, scoring 29 times in 84 league appearances before they were relegated in 2003. In the summer of that year he moved on to Tottenham, where he never fully established himself due to the presence of Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane. He left in 2005 after netting 15 times in 60 league games.