West Ham vs Tottenham Hotspur preview: How to watch, kick off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur and Ben Johnson of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on February 21, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur travel to West Ham United on Sunday in the Premier League, with the latter having the chance to go above their opponents with a win. 

The Hammers will be looking to get back-to-back home wins against the Lilywhites for the first time since 2017, with the hosts beating their London rivals 2-1 last time out. 

Spurs have won their last two league games, but have already lost three Lonon derbies this season, with West Ham winning their last league game against Everton with a goal in the final 15 minutes of the game. 

West Ham are 7th in the league, after winning half of their eight games, compared to Spurs, who are in 5th and one point ahead of their opposition ahead of the game.

 

  • TEAM NEWS 

On Thursday evening, both sides played in their respective European competitions. With Spurs resting their whole starting XI from their victory against Newcastle United last weekend, West Ham manager David Moyes made six changes to the side that beat Genk in midweek.  

Vladimir Coufal is a doubt for the Hammers with a groin injury, with new loanee Alex Kral also out after testing positive for covid-19. 

Tottenham, however, will be without Matt Doherty after suffering a knock and Ryan Sessegnon is also injured. 

  • PREDICTED LINE UP 

Expecting neither side to make a change from their starting lineups that won last weekend.

  • West Ham (4-2-3-1) 

Fabianski, Cresswell, Zouma, Ogbonna, Johnson, Fornals, Bowen, Benrahma, Soucek, Rice Antonio. 

  • Spurs (4-2-3-1) 

Lloris, Reguilon, Dier, Romero, Emerson, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Lucas, Ndombele, Son, Kane 

  • FORM GUIDE 

Spurs have won all their games this season when they have not played a fellow London side, which could work in their opponent's favour.  

The three derbies they have lost happened by conceding three goals, and with Antonio currently the Hammers top goal scorer, Hugo Lloris will need to be wary of the striker.  

Antonio has scored five goals this season, more than any Tottenham player, and is third in the race for the golden boot, albeit we are only eight games in. 

However, the Hammers have won four of their opening eight games, losing twice and drawing twice. It has been a good start to the season for the London side, who are also competing in the UEFA Europa League. Their European campaign has been successful after winning their first three games. 

Of the two sides, West Ham will be heading into this fixture more confident than their opponents, after beating and coming back in spectacular fashion to earn a draw in last season’s games.  

  • ONES TO WATCH 

Harry Kane has been struggling all season with his form, taking seven games to get off the mark, but he may be hitting form at the worst time for West Ham, as the England captain scored and assisted in Spurs' win over Newcastle last weekend. 

Son Heung-min is playing excellently for Spurs and is a threat in front of goal on four goals.

Antonio has five goals this season and is lethal in front of goal, however, Cresswell on the wings with Soucek and Rice in the centre of midfield is going to help their side push forward.  

  • HOW TO WATCH 

The Premier League tie is on Sky Sports and kicks off at 14:00 for viewers in the UK, as well as talkSport and BBC Radio 5 Live for those viewers listening on the radio. 

Fans can always follow the game on VAVEL’s live blog for updates throughout the day.  

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