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Tottenham Hotspur can take a big step towards a top-four finish when they host West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.
Spurs are currently third in the table, and they are four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal. Despite some league struggles in recent weeks, they are favorites to clinch the third place behind Manchester City and Liverpool. Their European form has not struggled a bit, and Ajax are their opponents in the Champions League semi-final. The first leg is on Tuesday, and that game will be the clear priority for Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs defeated Brighton last Tuesday, in what was a nervy game. Christian Eriksen scored a late winner to hand the Lilywhites a 1-0 win against the Seagulls. Those three points were vital, as both Manchester United and Arsenal would go on to lose their games the next day. With games against Bournemouth and Everton to go after this one, Pochettino will be confident of finishing in the top four for yet another season.
He could afford to take the Premier League games somewhat lightly, considering the two semi-final legs his side needs to play. The game will be at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where their record is stunning. Spurs have won all the four games they have played on the new turf, and the streak should be extended to five against West Ham.
West Ham’s season started with a lot of promise, but that hope has evaporated somewhat. The Hammers are in 11th place, and they are potentially looking at a finish in the bottom half of the table. Leicester City are five points clear in 10th place, and the top half seems to beyond the reach of Mauricio Pellegrini.
The Hammers have won only once in their last six league games, and the lack of motivation is clearly showing. They lead Leicester 2-1 previous weekend till stoppage time, but Harvey Barnes scored an equalizer for the Foxes to crush West Ham hearts. The performance was encouraging, and Pellegrini is keen to take the positives from the game at the London Stadium.
West Ham’s away form is worrying though. The Hammers have lost seven of their last eight Premier League games on the road, and all of the previous four. Their defense has also been weak recently, and they have conceded two or more goals in their last six games.
Spurs’ injury list remains the same, as the likes of Harry Winks, Mousa Sissoko and Serge Aurier are likely to miss the game. West Ham have even more problems. Pellegrini will be hoping that Manuel Lanzini and Javier Hernandez recover from minor issues.
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham Prediction
Spurs are the favorites going into the match, and they should claim their fifth consecutive home win. Both sides are likely to score, and the total goals should be more than 2.5 in the match. The head to head record is also in Tottenham’s favor, and they should get the job done ahead of a massive game against Ajax in the Champions League.
Both Teams to Score: Yes @ 1.75 at Bet365