West Ham United take on bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on Sunday.

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Games between West Ham and Tottenham always have an edge.

But this time there is a lot more than pride and bragging rights at stake.

A win for West Ham over Spurs would consolidate their place in the European mix and put them nine points ahead of their London rivals.


West Ham vs Spurs clash is a huge six-pointer for European spots

Victory for Jose Mourinho’s inconsistent visitors would cut the gap to just three points.

So it really is the proverbial ‘six-pointer’ when it comes to the race for the European places.

Tottenham have struggled of late. But they looked in decent form on Thursday night, beating Austrian side Wolfsberg 4-1 in the Europa League last 32.

Spurs have lost four of their last five league games while West Ham are the fifth best performing team in Europe’s top five leagues so far in 2021.

All eyes are now turning to who may – or may not – play in the game.

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Kane and Antonio return as Moyes reverts to back four

Tottenham rested talisman Harry Kane in the hope he will be fit to face the Hammers.

And West Ham striker Michail Antonio could return having resumed training this week.

David Moyes changed shape to a wingback formation for the win over Sheffield United.

But despite the comfortable nature of the scoreline, the Scot felt it was harsh on the Blades. Moyes was not happy with how his side defended as a team as the visitors missed several gilt-edged chances.


So he looks set to revert to a back four in a bid to bring back West Ham’s balance.

That will also mean Moyes can make space for his top attacking stars as the Hammers take it to Tottenham.

Moyes looks set to make two big changes for the game.

Right-back Ben Johnson has been brilliant as a makeshift left wingback.

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But if Moyes switches to a back four he will make way for Said Benrahma on the left.

Manuel Lanzini did OK against Sheffield United without pulling up any trees.

And he will be replaced in the side by the returning Michail Antonio. Moyes cannot risk bringing Antonio on as a sub as his hamstring issues mean he could cost the team two subs.

So the striker looks set to start with Jarrow Bowen reverting to his position wide right.

With Jesse Lingard in behind, it makes for a formidable attacking quartet that West Ham fans will love.

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Spurs:

Fabianski, Coufal, Diop, Dawson, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Lingard, Benrahma, Bowen, Antonio.

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