In the last 16 of this season’s edition of The Carabao Cup, Slaven Bilic’s Hammers make the trip to West London to face Tottenham Hotspur, with a place in the Quarter-finals at stake?
We head into the tie with redemption very much on the agenda after Friday night’s regrettable 0-3 defeat to Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion, meanwhile, the hosts are brimming with confidence off the back of Sunday’s impressive home League victory over Liverpool.
The encounter is due to kick-off at 8 PM GMT tonight (Wednesday 25 October 2017), with live Television Coverage being provided by Sky Sports Main event and Sky Sports Football in The UK.
However, if you don’t have access to a TV tonight, Live Radio Commentary is being broadcast by both TalkSport and BBC Radio 5 Live on FM, alternatively, you can head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter for build-up, action, and reaction from the London Derby.
Tonight’s clash will take place at the Iconic National Stadium of Wembley, temporarily being used by Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, whilst their White Hart Lane Ground is being rebuilt.
Ironically, the venue underwent a similar renovation project throughout the noughties, reopening in 2007 with a capacity of 90,000.
This evening will be only the second League Cup tie outside of the final held at the Venue, but the tenth time that we have visited The Stadium as a club, with highlights including a European Cup Winner’s Cup triumph in 1965 and FA Cups in 1964, 1976 and 1980.
On our last Wembley outing, Ricardo Vaz Te struck an 89th-minute winner in the 2012 Championship Play-Off Final against Blackpool, to secure Promotion back up to The Top-Flight at the first attempt.
Spurs Boss Mauricio Pochettino confirmed in his Pre-West Ham United Presser that several of his first-team stars will be rested for tonight’s encounter, including the likes of star striker Harry Kane and playmaker Christian Eriksen.
But, whatever his starting XI looks like, it certainly will not contain Victor Wanyama, who remains sidelined with a knee injury, although Mousa Dembele may return.
Meanwhile, Slaven Bilic enlightened The Press in his own Press Conference that his only injury doubt is England man, Michail Antonio after the forward received a “knock to the ribs” in Friday’s defeat to The Seagulls.
The Croat also confirmed that defender James Collins and striker Diafra Sakho will not feature after only just returning to training from injury, while keeper Adrian will start over Joe Hart.
Over the history of the game, West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur has always been one of the great rivalries and it remains that way today.
While 12 Miles of The City separate Spurs’ new White Hart Lane Ground and The London Stadium and both Clubs have other primary rivals, meetings in the past have mustered up anything from crowd violence to seven-goal thrillers.
Although Tottenham have the edge on the overall record with 93 wins to our 62, we have proved a “bogey team” of sorts to Pochettino’s men of late, dealing their Title challenge huge blows in each of the past two campaigns with a home double of 1-0 victories.
Furthermore, who could forget the incredible record of the 2013/2014 Season?
A campaign in which we defeated The Lilywhites no less than three times in all competitions with a League double and an EFL Cup Quarter-Final triumph at The Lane.
But, last time out, Spurs managed to get their revenge with a 2-3 victory at The London Stadium in September, balancing the scales for a cracking encounter tonight.
Tottenham Hotspur are a traditional London Club who, like Manchester City, have transformed from a mid-table Side to a League Title contender in the last 10 years.
However, Spurs’ rise hasn’t come from outlandish Foreign Talent, it has come from within by bringing Youth players of outstanding quality through the ranks.
Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker have all played for Tottenham’s Academy in recent years and in a young but successful First-Team in North London.
Despite being ridiculed by the world of Football for the way that they have ended the last two seasons, the club have put together some outstanding Football in almost securing their first two Premier League Titles.
Another thing that Tottenham Hotspur boast is a rich history of Trophies with their collection including two UEFA Cups, eight FA Cups, four League Cups and two Division One Titles.
Under Argentine Manager Mauricio Pochettino, they have made an impressive start to the season, sitting third and level on points with Manchester United above them and winning all but one of their Champions League matches, despite managing only two home League wins.
Who Is Officiating?
Evergreen Select Group Referee Mike Dean will be the man in the middle tonight in West London, with Ian Hussin and Simon Long as his Assistants and fellow Referee Lee Mason playing the role of Fourth Official.
So, now that all of tonight’s scintillating Wembley action has been well and truly previewed, will the home side cruise to an expected victory to make it six wins in their last seven games?
Or, can our Hammers cause a Cup upset and move swiftly on into the Quarter-Finals for a second consecutive season? All will be revealed in a matter of hours’.