Our last London derby of the season has nearly arrived. Tomorrow, West Ham will be facing Tottenham who have undoubtedly been one of the best teams in the Premier League over the last two seasons. Can we finish the season off strong and get a win? Or will we see us crumble in big games once again? Here are three things to look out for…
Can we end Tottenham’s title hopes?
We all know what happened last year. Tottenham were chasing the title alongside Leicester and faced a visit to Upton Park. We were able to deliver them a huge blow after defeating them in March with a goal from Michail Antonio. Can we do the same again?
Tottenham are four points behind Chelsea with four games to play and a win against them tomorrow will surely mean that they are out of the title race. Our big game form is not what it was last season where we went into these games without fear. But this is our last London derby of the season. It is against Tottenham. The players will be ready for this game and we did not play poorly when we faced them in November. With three clean sheets out of our last four Premier League games, we are no longer making poor defensive errors and we may see us give Tottenham a tough game.
Key battle – Havard Nordtveit v. Christian Eriksen
Tottenham have some of the best players in the Premier League in many positions but it is Christian Eriksen that has been crucial to their good performances. He currently has 8 goals and 12 assists in 33 Premier League games. His ability to create space, feed Dele Alli and Harry Kane, and his set-piece delivery is sensational.
Havard Nordtveit will probably be one of the midfielders tasked with stopping Eriksen and although Nordtveit did not solidify his place in the team following his arrival, he has started the last two games and performed well. Will his defensive ability be able to stop Eriksen’s creativity which has been crucial to Spurs’ attack?
Can we break down Tottenham’s defence?
Tottenham are exciting when they attack but their solidity in defence is what makes them a great team. No team has conceded fewer goals than Tottenham (22) this season in the Premier League and we will struggle to break their defence down.
The partnership of both Belgians Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen is one of the best in the world. Let’s not forget their full-back pairing though Danny Rose will be missing the game and Kyle Walker did not start against Arsenal. With no top-quality striker and a lack of creativity in our team, I cannot see us testing their defence. This game will probably highlight our desperate need for a top-quality striker and with only three games left for us in the Premier League, we may not be waiting that long.
My prediction? 0-2.