Prediction: West Ham vs Tottenham Hotspur

Ruben Hill
September 22, 2017

It's not looking promising based on what I saw at West Ham the other evening.

The Hammers beat Bolton to book their place in the competition's fourth round, and they were drawn against Tottenham, where Sakho may feature again.

Tottenham are yet to hit top gear this season but Saturday's short trip to the London Stadium to face local rivals West Ham United offers the flawless opportunity to kickstart their campaign.

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Their main creative force Manuel Lanzini will also miss out due to a damaged knee, but Mark Noble could make his first appearance in over a month.

Harry Kane was rested for the 1-0 Carabao Cup win over Barnsley and will be back to lead the line.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told Football.London that he thinks opponents Tottenham Hotspur are the best team in the Premier League - but the Hammers must find ways to hurt them.

West Ham, meanwhile, appear to have turned a corner having also progressed to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, while the Hammers have four points from their last two Premier League games. Their good defensive form carried over to a hard-fought 0-0 draw away at West Brom, before a 3-0 home win over Bolton in midweek in preparation for the game against Spurs.

Tottenham to beat West Ham with over 4.5 goals scored in the game, price boosted from 11/2 (6.50) up to 6/1 (7.0) on dabblebet, is a fine option for Saturday's early kick-off in the Premier League. Even Harry Kane, whose August goal curse had been lifted with the arrival of September, couldn't make the difference last weekend.

Of players to have scored at least 10 Premier League London derby goals, only Thierry Henry (114 mins) has a better average minutes per goal ratio in these fixtures than Harry Kane (120 mins).

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