West Ham United
WEST HAM: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Mark Noble, Antonio, Bolasie, Antonio, Zarate.
Subs: Randolph, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Evra, Noble, Noble, Ayew, Fonte.
TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, Alli, Kane, Aurier.
Subs: Vorm, Lamela, Dembele, Foyth, Wanyama, Alli, Llorente.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
We still don’t know who will start for West Ham United against Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium tonight.
Ryan Fredericks and Jonathan Calleri are the only survivors from Saturday’s surprise home loss to Wigan in the FA Cup.
Given that Tottenham have dominated the weekend Premier League fixtures (won eight and drawn three, with Chelsea’s injury-wrecked game against Leicester the lone bright spot), and that West Ham is currently on a two-month post-Christmas slump, we’d probably plump for a defensive pairing with a Champions League quarter-final looming. It’d be good to see the return of team captain and world-class centre-back Winston Reid, while Demarai Gray is pushing to come in.
Probable team news:
Take Spurs here for tomorrow’s huge game! #WeAChangn #WTHTOTT pic.twitter.com/1sEF28Jy1c — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 18, 2018
If you were trying to build a team based on the fixtures ahead, Sam Allardyce would be in and Ashley Williams would be out. The Manchester City goalscoring duo of Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva, however, should provide a formidable force in a Porto friendly on Thursday.
This game is going to be tense. Tottenham’s premier league league form is very solid, with six wins in their last seven, while the Hammers have lost five of their last seven league games at home. It will be fascinating to see how much Alexis Sánchez has affected West Ham’s collapse.
Kevin Hart, the Liverpool-born England goalkeeper, has returned to Tottenham after a long absence
Barring further departures before the transfer window closes, Tottenham remain comfortable near the top of the table and might be able to juggle their squad without handing a Premier League lifeline to their relegation rivals. The Hammers, meanwhile, have lost four of their last five at home, but their confidence is being squashed by manager Sam Allardyce in the wake of their FA Cup elimination.
To all our Spurs fans out there … BIG DAY FOR US. Next 2 months will be big ones for the club. — Mauricio Pochettino (@MauricioPochettino) February 19, 2018