Another full weekend of Premier League action begins this lunchtime and we are treated to a feisty derby as West Ham play Tottenham at the London Stadium. These two have been paired together in the next round of the Carabao Cup in October but today it is all about league matters.
Not only that but Tottenham will be looking to exact revenge for defeat here last season, one that ultimately was the death knell in their race for the title. It may not have been the loss in East London which was the final act in the battle for silverware but it was the point of pretty much no return for Mauricio Pochettino‘s men.
You could intimate that Tottenham would prefer not to return to Wembley when it comes to all things Premier League as they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at England’s national stadium last weekend. The visit of Swansea was anticipated as the fixture in which the club would break the league duck at this particular ground.
That however was not to be as Paul Clement’s men earned a respectable point in the capital to not only add further frustration to Spurs but also continue the talk of the dreaded Wembley hoodoo. That particular topic will be on the backburner this weekend but it is still something that undoubtedly looms large over the club.
West Ham were also involved in a 0-0 draw of their own last weekend as they earned a point away at West Brom that coupled with a 2-0 win at home against Huddersfield means that slowly but surely their season is finally getting underway.
Not only that but Joe Hart and his defensive counterparts can take some comfort from the fact that they have managed to keep two clean sheets in a row after previously conceding 10 goals in the clubs first three matches. Those two results have just managed to alleviate any early season pressure which was heaped on Slaven Bilic.
The Hammers ended last Saturday in the bottom three but ended the weekend in 17th place thanks to Everton’s heavy defeat at Manchester United. Admittedly it is small steps but they could do with making a slightly larger stride especially as the Toffees entertain Bournemouth who themselves are yet to get off the mark this afternoon.
For Tottenham they have a one hundred percent record away from home and that is something that are going to have to continue by 2:30pm if they are not to lose any further ground on the top three clubs in the Premier League. You almost get the feeling that the table is starting to level itself out and they cannot afford to be cast further adrift.
Should they lose that one hundred percent record then it could allow both Manchester clubs and Chelsea to gain a further advantage and although it is still early in the season it will once again highlight another slow start to the season.
Something that has meant as of late that no matter how well they finish the damage has already been done and try as they might they just cannot claw back the necessary point tally required. They cannot simply be making the same mistakes this season.
Luncthime kicks off have a habit of being a bit of a dull encounter but there is no danger of that when these two teams meet in a few hours time. Both teams come into this game off of Carabao Cup wins but both starting lineups were much changed so although it is positive momentum we all start again today.
Can Tottenham return to winning ways in the Premier League, there is absolutely no reason why they cannot quite simply they have to. West Ham stand in their way and it could have all the makings of their ‘Cup Final’. The fan in me says Tottenham will win but I have got every prediction wrong so far this season, so what do I know?
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— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) September 22, 2017