Both these sides featured on the European Stage on Thursday night to contrasting effect. West Ham made it three wins from three in their Europa League group, with their 3-0 victory over Genk ensuring they have maximum points without a single goal conceded so far.
Spurs, on the other hand, were the only English side not to win in Europe this week as they went down 1-0 away to Vitesse, leaving them with just one win from three in their Europa Conference League group and in danger of failing to qualify.
On the domestic front, it’s Spurs that sit above the Hammers by a single point at this stage of the season, though the feel is that West Ham have had the more impressive start.
That may largely be down to expectation, though more likely down to the manner of those Spurs victories, with all five wins so far coming by just a single goal, and while their opening day win over Man City was impressive, the other four have come narrowly over Wolves, Watford, Aston Villa and Newcastle, all of whom sit far lower than West Ham in the table.
West Ham To Win
Why West Ham have been so impressive is the fact that they are yet to be pulled apart by anyone this season, going W8-D2-L2 across all competitions, with both defeats coming via last gasp winners against Man United and Brentford, so they’re proving extremely difficult to beat.
In fact, they haven’t lost by more than that one goal margin since Liverpool came to visit the London stadium in January, and with the lack of confidence in the Spurs camp at the moment we’d be surprised if they came here and put on a show.
London derbies certainly haven’t been going the way of the Lilywhites either recently, losing each of their last four such games going back into last season, and that certainly doesn’t bode well form them here, especially considering they lost this fixture last year with Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard getting on the scoresheet for the hosts.
It’s difficult to see Spurs taking maximum points here, with the momentum fully in the hands of the hosts at this stage.
David Moyes’ men do often struggle against sides above them in the table, though that went out the window in their victory over the Toffees last weekend and with their momentum carried through Europe this week, the home win looks the most likely outcome.
WEST HAM TO WIN
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