A London derby between two teams that have endured very different starts to the season. Hosts West Ham have looked nothing close to the team that pushed for a place in the top 6 last campaign. With their first goal, and points, of the season coming at the weekend against Aston Villa, the Hammers will be looking to build as much momentum as they possibly can before going into a tight schedule that sees them playing Europa Conference League Football.
They may find Spurs their toughest test yet however, with Conte’s side flying high and continuing their fine start with a 0-2 win against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
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Moyes is likely to make only one change to the side that won West Ham their first points of the season at the weekend, this means Scamacca retaining his place up top and the Hammers settling for a 3 at the back formation.
Ben Johnson is likely to be the one casualty after being hauled off at the weekend with a thigh problem. Coufal is the top candidate to replace him.
New signing Thilo Kehrer should continue at the back with Kurt Zouma and Aaron Cresswell, although the latter may face a late fitness test that could prevent his inclusion.
Brazilian starlet Lucas Paqueta, signed from Lyon this week, is expected to start on the bench.
Spurs themselves are unlikely to make any changes to the side that beat Forest at the weekend.
A team in brilliant form should remain intact, providing Bentancur can overcome a late fitness test for a knock picked up at the weekend.
Croatian Ivan Perisic will likely continue at left wing back whilst Davinson Sanchez should be the beneficiary of Romero’s continued struggles.
West Ham have won just one, and lost 3 of their opening 4 Premier League fixtures and find themselves in 17th. This is unsurprising given their poor xG of 1.07.
The Hammers are relatively even with their opponents when it comes to shots and shots on target, but they are clearly conceding much better chances given their xGA of 1.52.
Spurs come into this game in contrasting form, unbeaten so far this season with 3 wins and a solitary draw, placing them 3rd in the table.
This is arguably surprising given their xG of 1.50, and xGA of 1.61. Tottenham have even conceded more shots than they have had themselves in their games so far, but keep managing to grind out results.
Player shots and shots on target
West Ham have struggled to find their shooting boots, and the stats certainly don’t make pretty reading for their fans.
Only Said Benrahma has managed over 2 shots per 90 this season, but the Algerian is unlikely to start tonight.
Soucek remains the side’s only player to average a shot on target per 90 this season with Antonio and Bowen both yet to force a single opposition keeper into a save.
Tottenham are a different animal in this department. 4 players average over a shot on target per 90, with Son and Kane of course, being the pick of the bunch.
The dynamic duo have had 3.13 and 3.50 shots per 90 respectively. I would be surprised if neither were to get a shot on target tonight given the space they will find as West Ham look to match up to their formation.
player goals and assists
There’s not a lot to say regarding West Ham’s goal scoring exploits. Just the one coming so far from Pablo Fornals, with Rice having the solitary assist. I expect both to start tonight.
Scamacca has found his scoring touch in Europe, with two already this season. But, until he shows this form domestically, he remains difficult to back in this market.
Tottenham once again, are head and shoulders above West Ham when it comes to goals.
Harry Kane has started the season in fine form with 4 from 4. However, despite having 5 different scorers, he himself has scored half of his team’s 8 goals so far.
Last campaign’s top scorer, Son, has yet to get off the mark, but Dejan Kulusevski has picked up the slack with a goal and 2 assists to his name.
West ham cards
West Ham have only suffered 3 bookings in their opening 4 games, surprising given their lacklustre start and the losing positions that they’ve found themselves in.
With the referee dishing out 4.67 cards per game, I’d expect Soucek’s previously unpunished 2.50 fouls per 90 to potentially earn him a card here.
Rice, Kehrer, and Cresswell have been the offenders in the cards market so far this season and all 3, along with Scamacca have averaged over a foul per 90 this season.
The usual suspects are all involved when looking at who has drawn the most fouls in the spurs side this season. Kane, Hojbjerg and Son have all drawn over 1.70 fouls per 90, somewhat surprising in Hojbjerg’s case given that he’s only attempted 1.25 dribbles per 90.
Kane may cause problems for the West Ham midfield as he looks to drop short to get on the ball.
It comes as a shock that Kulusevski hasn’t drawn over a foul per 90 this season given his 2.89 attempted dribbles, but that could well change tonight against Cresswell.
Match-ups to Watch
Soucek vs Hojbjerg
Kehrer vs Kane
Cresswell vs Kulusevski
Harry Kane tops the card list for Spurs, being the only Tottenham player to see yellow twice this season.
Noticeably, the Tottenham centre backs are absent on this list, with all the dirty work being done for them by the midfield pairing of Hojbjerg and Bentancur. The 2 of them make 2.00, and 1.84 fouls per 90, picking up a booking each in the process.
The classic big man, small man pairing of Bowen and Scamacca could be difficult to deal with for Spurs here. The front pairing both draw over 2 fouls per 90.
Both like to drop into pockets of space to receive the ball, and will draw the likes of Hojbjerg and Bentancur into rash challenges. There is every chance that the Spurs midfielders see yellow again tonight as the West Ham front pairing look to drop deep.
Antonio is West Ham’s most fouled player, but is unlikely to start tonight.
Match-ups to Watch:
Kane vs Kehrer
Bentancur vs Bowen
Hojbjerg vs Scamacca
That’s it for the West Ham vs Tottenham stats pack. Good luck with your bet builders and I look forward to seeing some winning slips.
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