It is the London derby clash with Tottenham Hotspur this Saturday.

West Ham play host to Spurs, who travel from North to East London for this Premier League tie.

In our latest view from the opposition feature, we consult Spurs fan Joey Folkes.

Joey regularly attends Tottenham matches and has given us the inside track on this weekend’s visitors.

Where can West Ham hurt Tottenham?

Jan Vertonghen is injured. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Spurs have struggled with set pieces in recent weeks and the loss of Jan Vertonghen to injury will only add to the lack of organisation.

Despite the calibre of defenders, they have silly mistakes in them.

And in Marko Arnautovic (providing his return from international duty early was precautionary), West Ham have a top striker, in form, who has the ability to punish those mistakes.

Where can Spurs hurt West Ham?

Harry Kane brings the attacking midfielders, like Lucas Moura, into play. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

West Ham’s centre-backs will have their hands full with Harry Kane, who is starting to look much sharper than at the beginning of the season.

But I think it is the space this will create for second runners such as Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela which will do the damage to West Ham.

I’m not convinced the West Ham midfield will have the discipline to track these runners consistently for 90 minutes

Is Spurs’ lack of summer spending affecting the team’s form?

I don’t think so. It certainly didn’t impact our performances at the start of the season with three wins in three, including a 3-0 win away at Manchester United.


Having said that, in recent weeks we have looked flat and short on ideas which maybe a couple of new players would have addressed.

Any new signing that would have kept Eric Dier out of the team would have definitely improved our performances this season.

I think the bigger problem for Spurs has been the mental fatigue following the World Cup.

Can you learn any lessons from West Ham when you move stadium?

I feel like in theory we already have with trying to minimise the distance between the pitch and the stands which is so key to atmosphere that was created at White Hart Lane, and has been a noticeable restraint to the atmosphere at Wembley.

The other major concern will be establishing where the different groups of fans will sit, which caused West Ham a few problems.

Hopefully, as we are on the same site, the same fan zones will automatically transfer to the new stadium with the South Stand being the “standing” area.

How do you rate West Ham’s season so far?

It was obviously disappointing to lose your first four games following big summer spending.

But that included games against Liverpool and Arsenal, and there will always be a difficult transition period with so many new signings in the starting 11 while they settle into the system and playing in a new league.

Recent performances (with the exception of Brighton) are indicating that those players are starting to find their feet and players like Issa Diop and Felipe Anderson are starting to live up to the hype

Score prediction

1-2 to Spurs.

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