Spurs versus West Ham United: (match preview)
Us Spurs fans may have only just gotten our breath back from Sunday’s thrilling north London Derby, but our players have no time to rest, Pochettino’s side are in action on Friday night as they visit West Ham United. The match which is the first West Ham, Spurs match at the London stadium, is yet another crucial London Derby. Win it, and Spurs go within a point of league leaders Chelsea who play on Monday, anything other than a win and the title race is all but over. However, Pochettino’s inform side won’t be focusing on that, there aim is purely to win every game and their doing a brilliant job of that at the minute. Meanwhile the hammers have a very different end of season objective, Slaven Bilic’s side who currently occupy 15th place will be wanting to end the season strongly, and they’ll need no incentive when they face us on Friday night. West Ham have struggled in their inaugural season at the London stadium, their form has been erratic, but it’s worth noting that they lost their best player Dmitri Payet during the recent transfer window. On paper we should win but we all know what can happen in derby matches, if we can replicate that intensity and attacking brilliance that we have shown over the past 10 matches, then I can see no other winner. Pochettino’s side must stay focused, the hammers can cause us problems just like they done in the reverse fixture at the Lane, which we won in dramatic circumstances. If target man Andy Carroll is fit to face us, Alderweireld and Vertonghen will have their work cut out if they are to stop one of the leagues best headers of a ball. Danger will also come through the already highlighted Manuel Lanzini, as well as through Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew.
You can’t help but feel confident going into tonight’s game, we just need to keep on going, there’s just four games remaining. COYS!
Team news: Harry Winks, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Erik Lamela remain sidelined through injury, whilst Danny Rose is still recovering from his injury. The big team news will be surrounding Kyle Walker starting, Walker has been dropped for our last two matches and has been heavily linked with a move away from Spurs during the week.
My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris, Alderweireld, Vertonghen,Dier, Walker, Dembele, Wanyama, Davies, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.
My predicted score: 4-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Kane x2, Eriksen and Son.
One to watch: The highly creative Argentine, Manuel Lanzini. The attacking midfielder has seven league goals and two assists this season.