West Ham United travel to Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, and they’ll do so not have no fresh injury concerns after the stalemate against Crystal Palace. Central defender Kurt Zouma faces a late fitness test in order to make the matchday squad.
The news is not as good with striker Michail Antonio, who is seeing a delay in his recovery and return. It looks like his injury rehab process will see him sidelined for another week, maybe two.
Tottenham vs West Ham FYIs
Kick-off: Thursday, Dec. 5, 8:15 pm local, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
West Ham Preview Material: Starting XI Prediction Team News
Transatlantic Passage: How the Premier League Redefined Soccer in America: LINK
Google Result Probability: West Ham victory 23% Draw 23% Tottenham victory 54%
PL Form: West Ham DWWLL Tottenham DLLLW
PL Standing: West Ham 9th, 21 pts Tottenham 5th, 27 pts
But other than that, David Moyes should not have any selection issues for this London derby.
It will be very interesting to see the contrast of styles in this one. West Ham have had the ability to play with panache and excitement, at times, this season. However, most of the time they have looked pragmatic and pedestrian.
We’ll see what team shows up here.
Prediction: Tottenham 1, West Ham 0
Spurs finally break their winless streak.
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