West Ham at Tottenham Team News: Moura, Tanganga, Alli, Antonio

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Tuesday night brings a London derby featuring two sides that are desperately fighting to stay about one critical cut-off line. From the north side of London, you have Tottenham Hotspur, who are six points out of the top four (but maybe only four points off UCL qualification, if Manchester City’s Euro ban is upheld).

Jose Mourinho still has work to do though just to even cement Europa League status however. From the east side of London, you have David Moyes trying to secure West Ham United’s safety in the top flight.

They’re in the final safety slot now, but only on tie-breaker status.

Team News for Both Sides

Forward Lucas Moura (head) is out of comission for the hosts while defender Juan Foyth (knee) is a doubt. The seldom used Troy Parrott (appendix) is also doubtful; ditto for the underrated full back Japhet Tanganga (back).

The good news is that Dele Alli can now return, having finished serving his suspension. Flipping over to the Hammers, expect Moyes to do some squad rotation, finally having the opportunity to do so here. West Ham has endured an injury ravaged season, but the long pause, on account of the pandemic, has done them well.

Michail Antonio, who has spent plenty of time on the shelf lately, is likely not to be risked here after having just played 90 minutes on the weekend.

West Ham United at Tottenham Hotspur FYIs

Kickoff: 8:15pm, Tuesday June 23, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

Odds:   Tottenham -145   West Ham +360   Draw +310

Records:   Tottenham  11-9-10  West Ham 7-6-17

Form Guide:   Tottenham  DLDLL      West Ham LLWLL

Starting XI Prediction for both sides: go to this link

Position in Premier League Table:  Tottenham  42 points, 8th  West Ham  27 points, 17th

Prediction: Tottenham 1, West Ham 0

Mourinho complained about how he felt robbed last time out, but at this point it’s just him “staying on brand.” Essentially, he got the result he deserved against his former team. Expect a similar game plan and effort here, but against a much weaker side, so he’ll get a W.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly contributes to WGN TV, Sports Illustrated, Chicago Now and SB Nation.

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  1. If Mourinho starts to makes excuses as to why he has not got the right players to pick from then he go.
    For, there are many managers whom would love to have such a large squad of great players.
    As for buying new players Levy won’t spend any money unless he sell someone. So, nothing has changed at Spurs until new owners arrive.
    When I look at how well Sean Dyche manages his squad and still survives in the Premier League others managers should just keep their mouth’s shut and just get on with it

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