West Ham enjoyed a hugely fruitful period after the last international break, but went into this one on the back of a disappointing defeat to Brighton.
If that 1-0 loss at the Amex Stadium soured the mood somewhat, Saturday provides the perfect opportunity to put it right.
Bitter rivals Spurs are the visitors to the London Stadium; a hotly-contested derby match should push the players not to wallow after that Brighton defeat.
In the lead-up to the game, we’re going to compare the season stats of some of both sides’ key performers. We’ve kicked off with the goalkeepers, Lukasz Fabianski versus Hugo Lloris…
Before examining the numbers, Lloris’ shambolic start to the season cannot be ignored. The Spurs captain should have returned to England as a hero after lifting the World Cup in July, but that has not proved to be the case.
He has been embroiled in off-pitch controversy with his shameful drink-driving charge and that has disrupted his start to the season.
He has missed half his side’s games while Fabianski has been a regular since his move from Swansea in the summer. As a consequence, the Pole has made more saves, punches, high claims and throw-outs.
To fully examine the contrast, one stat on the Premier League’s comparison tool is vital; saves per match. Fabianski beats his rival there as well; with 4.5 to the Frenchman’s 3.25. That’s the key.
There are two areas which it could be argued skew the data. The first is Lloris’ relative lack of appearances, which of course has an impact.
The second is the styles of the two sides; West Ham would expect to be defending more and facing more shots than Spurs.
Perhaps it is wiser to examine the wider context. Fabianski has slotted right into the Hammers setup with no fuss since arriving.
By contrast, Lloris, who is supposed to set an example to his team as captain, has brought chaos. As well as shaming the club, he has forced his manager to turn to two backup goalkeepers.
In terms of their overall performance and impact this season, Fabianski wipes the floor with the World Cup winning goalkeeper.