West Ham United will be relishing taking on bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday.
West Ham are flying and are tipped to make Europe this season.
Meanwhile Tottenham are stuttering under Jose Mourinho.
A West Ham win at the London Stadium will open up a nine-point gap over Spurs in the race for Europe.
Six-pointer for Euro spots as West Ham take on bitter rivals Spurs
Conversely a victory for Tottenham cuts that to just three points going into what promises to be an exciting run-in.
West Ham are in supreme form. Only four teams in Europe’s top five leagues have won more points so far in 2021.
But while Tottenham have the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min they are always a threat.
Going into the game, though, West Ham will be boosted by reports of big problems at Tottenham.
In the build up to the game Spurs star Son has been forced to dismiss reports that Jose Mourinho has lost the Tottenham dressing room.
Big problems for Tottenham ahead of Hammers clash – reports
Spurs have slumped to four defeats in their last five Premier League matches as well as exiting the FA Cup, leaving Mourinho under pressure.
Reports of bust-ups and fallouts with players such as Gareth Bale and Serge Aurier has led to claims all is not well between the Portuguese and his squad behind-the-scenes.
Speaking ahead of the clash with West Ham as Spurs head to Hungary for their last 32 Europa League tie against Austrian side Wolfsberg on Thursday night, Son predictably publicly backed his manager.
“The mood went down when we had a couple of bad results but the dressing room hasn’t changed,” Son told The Evening Standard.
“Everyone is happy and having a laugh and focused on every game. It is a bad rumour.”
West Ham may also be boosted by another Tottenham bombshell that has dropped ahead of the derby.
‘Jose’s lost the dressing room and Kane is for sale’ claim reports ahead of West Ham clash
According to The Daily Mail, Spurs are now said to be ‘willing to sell’ talisman Kane.
The report, which is the back page splash on Thursday’s Daily Mail, claims Spurs chief Daniel Levy will consider selling the 27-year-old striker if a club coughs up £150m.
As a result the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and PSG are being linked.
It remains to be seen whether the report is accurate. But it will unsettle Tottenham fans, many of whom have been taking to forums and radio phone-ins calling for Mourinho’s head.
As the problems pile up for Tottenham, West Ham continue to go from strength-to-strength.
Jesse Lingard has made an incredible start to life at the London Stadium on loan from Man United.
And the Hammers look set to be further boosted for the Spurs game by the return of striker Michail Antonio.