West Ham United take on the visitors Tottenham Hotspur at the Olympic Stadium in the 9th tour of the Premier League. The match will be played in London on Saturday, October 20th.
West Ham United often manage to get some points against the top tier English teams. They have drawn against Chelsea with a 0-0 score and have beaten Manchester United with a 3-1 score recently. Last season the Hammers did not have such a great statistics against the stronger clubs though. Back then they were only able to draw against Chelsea twice, against Manchester United once, against Tottenham Hotspur one time too and against Arsenal once. In their last three matches West Ham United lost to Brighton & Hove Albion with a 0-1 score, beat Manchester United with a 3-1 score and Macclesfield with an 8-0 score in the 1/16-finals fixture of the Carabao Cup.
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Tottenham Hotspur will have to go to Netherlands for their UEFA Champions League group stage fixture against PSV after their upcoming match against West Ham United. It`s worth noting that the Spurs have struggled in the most prestigious European football tournament recently. They have zero points to their credit after the two starting tours there. Thereby the team of Mauricio Pochettino needs to win their upcoming games in the UEFA Champions League in order to go through to the play-offs of the tournament. They need to avoid losses at least. If they fail there they will not only be knocked out of the Champions League they will also miss the chance to play in the Europa League. Unfortunately, the Lilywhites have been having lots of problems with their squad recently. Such key players for the team as Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli are all injured at the moment. Furthermore, these footballers are unlikely to make their returns for the match against PSV in the Champions League also. However, the manager of the team Mauricio Pochettino could risk and put some of these players on the field soon. In their last three matches Tottenham Hotspur beat Cardiff City with a 1-0 score, lost to Barcelona with a 2-4 score in their UEFA Champions League group stage fixture and beat Huddersfield Town with a 2-0 score. The Spurs have also had a 1/16-finals fixture of the Carabao Cup recently where they have beaten Watford in a penalty shootout.
Considering the shape both teams have been in recently it is likely that West Ham United will try to take some points out their match against another top tier English club. Furthermore, in their previous games between them at the Olympic Stadium the teams have looked pretty equal to each other. The Hammers and the Spurs have had seven fixtures between them at the Olympic Stadium for the last seven years, the hosting side has won four of them and the away side has won three. Interestingly, the teams have not drawn even once for that period. The team of Mauricio Pochettino has not drawn yet this Premier League season too. The first draw for them could easily happen though in their upcoming fixture. Nonetheless, the team of Manuel Pellegrini should take advantage of the problems the Spurs have now and should get some points out of this match on Saturday.
Prediction for the match: West Ham United to win with 0 handicap.