Tuesday sees the first London derby of Project Restart as West Ham travel to Spurs. We tip this match that could end with either team further astray from their end objectives.
Who is playing?
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchweek 31
What time is Spurs vs West Ham United?
20:15 GMT, Tuesday 23rd June 2020.
Where do Spurs play?
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
Where can I watch Spurs vs West Ham United?
Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League
Thoughts on Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United
Despite what you may think, geography isn’t the only similarity between Tottenham and West Ham. In fact, the 2019/20 campaign for both the London clubs has been an enormous disappointment: both flexed their muscles in the transfer market, both broke their transfer records (incidentally both signings being French; Tanguy Ndombele, £54 million for Tottenham and Sebastien Haller, £36 million for West Ham), and both departed from their Argentine managers. Both head coaches currently at the helm, Jose Mourinho and David Moyes, have a history with Manchester United, and both clubs are dealing with their stadiums (an issue of finance for Tottenham and an issue of acclimatisation for the Irons), and now consequently: both teams are unanimously underachieving and are in danger – for Spurs, sinking further away from Europe, and for West Ham, sinking further into the pits of relegation.
There have been some historic battles in this fierce contest, and on Tuesday both teams will hope for a historic victory, one that can hopefully propel a miracle run of form that could save their seasons.
Hotspur hold all the cards
Last year’s Champions League finalists find themselves in 8th position on 42 points, four behind 5th place Manchester United. With their remaining fixtures ranked the third easiest across the division, according to WhoScored, and that Harry Kane and Son Heung-min back fit, a feat that wouldn’t have been possible if not for this lockdown, Spurs call all the shots as they head into this final run-in.
The new normal we’ve had to become accustomed to may be the downfall for Tottenham on Tuesday; this battle taking place behind closed doors suddenly denounces Tottenham’s impressive record at home against the bottom half of the table, with The Lilywhites only dropping points twice at home against teams in 10th position and below (though they haven’t played Everton yet). Something West Ham would have been wary about before the game, but with the absence of fans does playing at home really carry the same weight? Will Tottenham wholly feel the absence of their support or can they keep that stat intact on Tuesday?
Woeful West Ham
It seems forever ago, but Manuel Pellegrini had left the Hammers 17th in the Premier League table, one point above the relegation zone. Fast forward six months and David Moyes finds himself 17th in the Premier League table, with goal difference all that separates the Irons from Bournemouth in 18th position. Though David Moyes was re-appointed to steady the ship and tasked with keeping the Irons afloat, West Ham have only won twice during the Scot’s second stewardship. Moyes’ side have only won once in their last five games, and have lost all of their last five games away from home, with West Ham taking 0.90 points per game across the entire season.
If the Hammer’s want to remain in top-flight for the ninth successive season, they must prove their worth against a stubborn Jose Mourinho set-up and improve on their 1.05 xG for and 1.73 xG against away from home.
Spurs recent matches:
- Manchester United (h) 1-1 draw
- RB Leipzig (a) 3-0 defeat
- Burnley (a) 1-1 draw
- Norwich (h) 1-1 draw (3-4 loss on penalties)
- Wolves (h) 2-3 defeat
West Ham recent matches:
- Wolves (h) 0-2 defeat
- Arsenal (a) 1-0 defeat
- Southampton (h) 3-1 win
- Liverpool (a) 3-2 defeat
- Manchester City (a) 2-0 defeat
Spurs top scorers:
- Harry Kane (Forward) – 11 Premier League goals
- Son Heung-min (Forward) – 9 Premier League goals
West Ham top scorers:
- Sebastien Haller (Forward) – 7 Premier League goals
- Robert Snodgrass (Midfielder) – 5 Premier League goals
|23rd November 2019||WHU 2-3 TOT||Premier League|
|27th April 2019||TOT 0-1 WHU||Premier League|
|31st October 2018||WHU 1-3 TOT||League Cup|
Aman’s Betting Tip
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