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Gareth Bale may have gained the plaudits for the midweek success away at Austrian outfit Wolfsberger, but he and fellow goalscorer Lucas Moura could drop to the bench here with Harry Kane and Steven Bergwijn set to resume first team duties.
The expected win over weaker opposition does little to convince that Tottenham are really back on track, as prior to that result they’d lost four of five league matches and departed the FA Cup in extra time when visiting Everton.
Liker the Toffees, West Ham are competing at the sharp end of the table this season and secured a 3-0 win over Sheffield Utd last time out.
That result bumped them up to fifth in the table, ahead of Liverpool, leaving them level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea and just four shy of second-placed Man Utd.
The Hammers have now lost just once in 10 league appearances as Liverpool briefly rediscovered their mojo, winning six of the past eight.
These victories largely came over bottom-half outfits, but it took Man Utd until extra time to break down David Moyes’ men in the FA Cup in a game of few chances when they met just under a fortnight ago.
Over 2.5 Goals
Moyes has some returning firepower with both Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko potentially in line for some minutes, though the same is true for Spurs with Harry Kane back in action, while the England captain was given the night off during midweek.
Still, Jose Mourinho picked a strong team for the Europa League tie, and with a gruelling schedule this season we’d expect the Hammers to be a little fresher for this encounter.
With both sides looking a little stronger in attack, there could be goals on the cards here. These two played out a pulsating 3-3 draw earlier in the season, with the Hammers coming back from three goals down, and Tottenham’s crazy 5-4 defeat to Everton in the FA Cup also suggests a high output.
Harry Kane To Score Anytime
After 11 goals across Tottenham’s first 13 league games, Heung-min Son’s output has dipped as he’s struck just twice in his past 10 appearances.
However, Harry Kane remains as crucial as ever and has four goals in his last six league games, only failing to score against Liverpool as he played just the first half, as well as an in-form Man City as he was starved of service.
Kane has bagged 11 goals in as many outings against the Hammers since 2015, including four goals and an assist from three meetings since the start of last season as he netted in each.