Having had numerous games postponed owing to a Covid outbreak in camp, we were unsure quite what to expect from Antonio Conte’s men against Liverpool.
Ultimately, they looked very much improved and a 2-2 draw from that game certainly highlights their progression.
The hammers have run into a little bit of trouble as they’ve lost half of their last eight matches, including two of their last three as a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal saw them drop out of the top four.
Their attention now turns to a competition that they’ve had great joy in so far this season, knocking out both Manchester clubs en route to the quarters.
As mentioned, we don’t have much to go off in terms of form for Spurs, with the performance against Liverpool the only indication of where they are at this moment in time.
A similar performance here on home soil should be enough to see them go through, though with covid rife at the moment, it’s unclear how strong either side will be heading into this fixture.
Spurs To Win
The hosts are well rested, and that showed at the weekend, so there’s no real reason as to why Antonio Conte won’t field the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, especially seeing that this is their most likely source of silverware this season.
David Moyes, on the other hand, is starting to see the season catch up with his limited squad as they continue to fight on four fronts, and in truth, until the January transfer window comes about they are likely to continue to struggle.
While they’re thankfully yet to see a positive covid test in their squad, West Ham have some serious issues at the back, with as many as six defenders possibly out for this one.
Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson are absent at centre-back, while full backs Vladimir Coufal, Aaron Cresswell and Ryan Fredericks are likely all missing too, and for that reason the home win looks the likely outcome on this occasion.
The East London side haven’t made it past this stage since the 2013-14 season, though in all fairness they’re a much more complete side now than they have been in any season since that semi-final run.
Albeit without winning the trophy since 2007/08, Spurs have better recent pedigree than West Ham in this competition, finishing runners-up last year and reaching the semis three years ago, and that added experience in this tournament should serve them well.
SPURS TO WIN