West Ham United make the short trip to Tottenham Hotspur tonight with a sense of dread.
West Ham were the first team to win at Tottenham’s new ground last season.
But that will hold little water this time around with the Hammers deep in the relegation mire, nursing injuries to key players and looking ripe for a damaging beating.
David Moyes is under pressure after a dreadful display in the 2-0 defeat to Wolves.
Merson has stitched West Ham up with criticism of Tottenham
Tottenham meanwhile have all their star players fit and looked in good shape during the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
West Ham fans are fearing the worst when they take on Spurs live on Sky.
And the Hammers could well pay the price of comments from pundit Paul Merson.
Speaking after Tottenham’s draw with the Red Devils, Merson described Kane as sluggish and said he may have to leave Spurs because Mourinho’s defensive tactics do not play to his strengths (Sky Sports).
The comments have been like a red rag to a bull for Mourinho. And West Ham could suffer as a result.
Angry Spurs boss hits back ahead of West Ham derby
The visibly angry Tottenham boss blasted back at Merson in his pre-match press conference and listed a host of great goalscorers that have flourished under him including Didier Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
After an impassioned four-minute defence of his tactics and Kane in the pre West Ham conference Mourinho then offered a patronising directly to Merson.
“So, dear Paul, I have lots of respect for you,” Mourinho said on Sky Sports.
“(But) I think Harry Kane has no problems at all to score goals in my teams.
“Especially when he is fit, fresh, when he has routines of playing. So, that is my message to somebody that I have lots of respect for.”
Last thing West Ham need is a fired up Mourinho and Kane
The last thing West Ham needed ahead of this game is a fired up Mourinho and Kane.
The Hammers have doubts over Sebastien Haller and Angelo Ogbonna again while Robert Snodgrass looks set to miss the rest of the season.
It comes at the worst possible time for West Ham with Moyes’s side likely to need at least three or four wins in the final eight games to survive.
A point would represent a good result for West Ham from this one. But it is starting to look a very tough ask indeed.