Tottenham vs West Ham by Luke
Tottenham were slight favorites on Sunday afternoon when the team welcomed Liverpool, but they surprised with very good performance and completely convincing victory with a 4:1 result. They entered the match in a great way, taking the double lead in fourth via Kane and 12th minute via Heung-Min, but the guests reduced in 24th via Salah.
Spurs were simply way more concrete in attack and re-gained the two goals lead via Alli in third minute of additional time in first halftime, leaving the ball possession to the Reds since they were satisfied with the lead and managed to score the fourth in 56th minute via Kane again. Tottenham is now sharing the second position together with Manchester United, being five points behind leaders from Manchester City.
Hosts should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation most likely with Heung-Min as central striker, plus Sissoko, Alli and Eriksen as offensive midfielders behind him. Striker Harry Kane (9/8) was forced off in the previous game and shouldn't be risked here, while midfielder Mousa Dembele (4/0) has a hip problem and also shouldn't be forced. Defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama (2/0) is injured, while offensive midfielder Erik Lamela remains long term absentee without performing so far in the season anyway.
West Ham, on the other side, comes from a very disappointing performance at home on Friday evening, as the side suffered heavy 0:3 defeat against newly promoted Brighton. All of their fans though it was time to get maybe a bit more convincing victory and lift the morale of the players, but exactly opposide was what happened.
They had much more of the ball possession than the opponents, but looked very uncreative in the midfield while the guests did what counted - scored goals. They opened the scoreline in tenth minute already via Murray, with the hosts failing to reply, whiile everything got much more easier for them once they doubled up the lead in 45th via Izquierdo, sealing the victory in 75th from a penalty kick taken by Murray. The Hammers are now having just eight points, same as relegating placed Everton and the side needs to improve drastically in order to avoid more complications during Winter.
Guests should be set in 4-2-3-1 formation too, with Carroll as central striker, but also with Ayew, Lanzini and Arnautovic probably as offensive midfielders. Offensive player Michail Antonio (8/1) is doutbful being unfit, while also questionable are forward Diafra Sakho (7/1) and central defender James Collins (3/0) and shouldn't be risked.
Both teams will surely rotate the squad a bit for this one, but I see the Spurs anyway being as strong favorites for this one. The side is in much better momentum, they do have more quality and the quality of their bench is surely way above the Hammers' one. Players of Tottenham shouldn't be having much of problems since their confidence is very high now with the Hammers having their own problems in Premier League.