West Ham return to action with a London derby against bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.

The Hammers have had to wait a while to make amends for the 1-0 defeat at Brighton last time around, and will need no extra motivation in a battle that means so much to the fans.

We’ve taken a look at the form, injuries and dangerman; before coming up with a prediction for the big game…

Form

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That loss to Brighton was West Ham’s first defeat since before the last international break. Manuel Pellegrini’s tactical shift had brought about a change in fortunes to lift his side off the bottom of the league, where they found themselves after four games.

Spurs have been hit hard by the number of players who went deep into the World Cup this summer, struggling to hit top form so far. Despite that, they have won their last three league games and just two points off the top.

Injuries

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Both sides have been badly afflicted by injuries of late.

For West Ham, the news is largely positive. Marko Arnautovic and Arthur Masuaku dropped out of their international squads this midweek, but Pellegirni expects both to be fit.

 

According to Premier Injuries, Javier Hernandez and Robert Snodgrass are expected to make the game; both offer good options off the bench. Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini are both long-term absentees, but Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll are moving closer to returns – although neither will expect to feature here.

Spurs will apparently be missing Jan Vertonghen, Dele Alli and Danny Rose, with Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama also battling to be fit.

Danger Man

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Conventional wisdom states that Harry Kane needs a rest and has not been at his best this season; but the England captain is doing his best to dispel that.

He has five league goals this season and produced an expert display of hold-up play for England on Monday night in their historic 3-2 win over Spain.

Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena will have to be on top of their game ahead of arguably their biggest test in English football so far.

Prediction?

West Ham have pulled out good home performances against the big-boys so far, so a 1-0 home win could be on the cards.

 

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