West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Hammers search for consistency against steady Spurs
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West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Hammers search for consistency against steady Spurs

In a fixture which has a long history of high scoring thrillers, who will prevail in this London derby?

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Brogan Clasper

Tottenham travel to the London Stadium on Saturday where they face a West Ham side who are searching to find some consistency in their league form. 

Although this has been Spurs' best ever Premier League start, the Lilywhites have hardly lit the league alight. 

However, this is a fixture which has a history of high scoring thrillers. 

Injury boost for Spurs

Before the international break Spurs were experiencing an injury nightmare with Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen just some of the casualties on the list. 

However, Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele have been declared fit for the trip across London. 

Eriksen has been massivley missed especially in their huge Champions League clash against Barcelona.

Dembele too has been sorely missed, although youngster Harry Winks has stepped in the 22-year-old does not have anywhere near the same physical stature of the Belgian. 

However, Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli both remain sidelined.  

Inconsistent Hammers

It has been a mixed of emotions for the West Ham faithful this season.

Losses against Wolves and Bournemouth but then a huge 3-1 victory at home to Manchester United just as questions were being asked of Manuel Pellegrini

The victory over United will give the Hammers' fans belief that they can replicate that performance against Spurs on the weekend. 

In addition, Marko Arnautovic has been declared fit enough to feature in the London derby - a key player in the victory over the Red Devils. 

"It's a derby" - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he is aware of West Ham's attacking threat and desire to beat Spurs.

However, the Argentine also added he is confident his side will prevail in the London derby:

"Always it's difficult because it's a derby. When you play in a derby the venue is not so important," said Poch. 

"We've played at Upton Park, a few games too in the Olympic Stadium, always when you play games against West Ham always it's tough playing at Wembley, White Hart Lane or the London Stadium."

"I think the most important thing is to have the motivation to play every single game against every opponent and try to give your best to win," the 46-year-old added. 

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