West Ham vs Tottenham Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man + Prediction

By on May 2, 2014

Football Stadiums

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to cement their position in sixth place when they take on West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday afternoon.

Spurs head into the game sitting six points clear of seventh-placed Manchester United but with the Red Devils holding a game in hand and a better goal difference, the North Londoners can’t afford to relax just yet and need four points from their final two games to be guaranteed of playing Europa League football next season.

Tim Sherwood has had to read about other managers being linked with his position this week but the former midfielder has done a decent job since replacing Andre Villas-Boas and insists he’s only focusing on finishing the season on a high note.

Spurs continued their recent good form with a 1-0 win over Stoke City last weekend to make it four games unbeaten, but they will face a tricky test against West Ham tomorrow, with Sam Allardyce’s men looking to sign off the season with a positive result in their final home game.

The Hammers currently sit 14th in the table and five points clear of the relegation zone so they are all-but safe from the drop, but Allardyce will want to pick up at least another point just to make sure ahead of their trip to Manchester City on the final day of the season.

Team News

Tottenham will have to make do without winger Andros Townsend after he was ruled out with an ankle injured suffered against Stoke last weekend.

Kyle Walker is still out with a pelvic injury that’s hampered in recent weeks, while Mousa Dembele is also missing with an ongoing ankle problem.

Jan Vertonghen and Etienne Capoue came through a game for the under-21’s last weekend unscathed but this game will come too soon for the pair, so they will join Erik Lamela on the sidelines.

West Ham have an almost fully-fit squad to choose from with Marco Borriello the only absentee. The on-loan striker has a calf injury but Allardyce would have gone with Andy Carroll in attack even if the Italian was fit.

Likely Line-Ups

Key Man

Christian Eriksen: The Dane has been in good form of late and he’ll be the main creative threat West Ham are going to have to look out for this weekend. He’s dangerous from set pieces and has an eye for goal, so the hosts are certainly going to want to keep a close eye on him.

Predicted Score

West Ham 1-1 Tottenham: Both sides are creeping towards the finishing line and we can see them playing out a hard fought draw tomorrow.

What team would you like to see start the game and what’s your predicted score? Share your views below.

Best of the web

One Comment

  1. terry

    May 3, 2014 at 2:01 am

    lets hope your prediction is wrong tottenham need awin we do not want to go into the last game with pressure of a win on there minds of course we must go with a winning mentality so come on you spurs cant wait until next season

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *