West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Who? West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday Early Kick Off action in Matchweek 13 of the Premier League 2019/20
Where? London Stadium, London
When? 12:30 GMT, Saturday 23rd November 2019
The early kick off on Saturday in the Premier League sees Jose Mourinho’s first match in charge of Spurs take on London rivals West Ham United.
West Ham United
The Hammers are struggling for form after a strong start to the season under Manuel Pellegrini. West Ham have only picked up two points from their last six games. The worst of the results came away to Burnley who cruised to a 3-0 victory. The Chilean manager and former Premier League winner with Manchester City could be a few results away from losing his job if results do not pick up. After facing Spurs, West Ham have the task of competing against Chelsea, Arsenal, and Wolves.
The home defeat against Newcastle, where the Hammers went 3-0 down at one point, also highlights major defensive problems this season. They have conceded two or more goals in five of their last six Premier League matches. What might go in their favour is that they are still scoring goals at home. They have been able to score at least once in every home game this season after the opening day of the season against Manchester City.
For Spurs, their history with Jose Mourinho is set to get underway as the club enters a new chapter of their history. The decision made by the board has received mixed responses, but there is no arguing that the Portuguese elite coach can bring silverware to the club. Whether that is the big one, the Premier League title, or a domestic or continental cup, remains to be seen. He signed a deal for three and a half years, which is sensible on Daniel Levy’s part. Many people will be intriuged how he gets on having been away from the touchline for nearly a year.
His first job no doubt is to pick up the horrendous form that Spurs find themselves in. Sat 14th in the league ahead of this tie, Spurs have not won away from home in the league since January. Tottenham have only won three games this season, a worrying stat heading into December. Key players only have so many months on their contracts remaining, including Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. With just one win in their last seven, the task to go on a run of games and spin the momentum again is one that Mourinho will relish.
West Ham United (5/2* to Win): Long-term absentee Lukasz Fabianski will not rush his recovery to get back into the side. Back-up goalkeeper Roberto has struggled between the sticks for West Ham. There are also doubts over the returns of Mikael Antonio, Jack Wilshere, Mark Noble, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid.
Tottenham Hotspur (6/5* to Win): Jose Mourinho will be without long-term absentee Hugo Lloris, as both teams are missing their first choice goalkeepers for this match. There are also doubts over the sharpness of Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen for this match. We expect Mourinho to play a similar line-up to their last match against Sheffield United.
20 Oct 2018 West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
31 Oct 2018 West Ham United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
27 Apr 2019 Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 West Ham United
*odds as of November 22nd at 10:40 GMT and subject to change
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