Charlie Nicholas backed Tottenham to beat West Ham on Saturday, when writing his regular column for Sky Sports.

Jose Mourinho will take charge of Spurs for the first time this weekend, and the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen will all be desperate to impress their new boss.

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The Hammers players will also be keen to prove their worth, having put in a succession of shocking displays recently.

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Both West Ham and Tottenham are closer to the relegation places than they are the European spots.

So both teams are in desperate need of all three points on Saturday.

A draw really wouldn’t do either team any good, and Nicholas told Sky Sports why he thinks the away side will come away with the spoils:

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“Normally you get a bounce with a new manager, but I don’t know what a bounce is for Tottenham. West Ham love to turn Tottenham over more than any of the London clubs. Manuel Pellegrini is under serious pressure and could be sacked with a heavy defeat. One manager is trying to save himself, while the other manager – Jose Mourinho – is trying to assert his authority on a side that has had an abysmal season thus far. I expect a reaction from Tottenham. There will be fire in the belly and it will be feisty.”


With the animosity between the two sides, it could be a cagey affair at the London Stadium.

Especially with Mourinho’s penchant for making his sides hard to beat.

Either way, it should be a great spectacle, and if Nicholas is right, it could end up being a really significant result for both sides, but for very different reasons.

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