Tottenham Hotspur Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Friday 22 Nov 2019 21:29:00
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West Ham United have only won three games this season and they will really want to try and make it four when they face Tottenham Hotspur in Stratford. They get the Premier League back underway after the international break with Saturday's early kick off.

The Hammers haven't tasted victory or kept a clean sheet since the 2-0 home victory over Manchester United on 22 September. Given that Spurs haven't won on the road since 20 January, the hosts may fancy their chances of grabbing a much needed victory. They are currently 16th in the table just two places and one point behind their opponents.

However, the Irons will be hoping that the developments in North London over the last three days haven't inspired the visitors too much, as the sudden departure of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday night was swiftly followed by the appointment of former Chelsea and Manchester United boss José Mourinho.

These two sides met twice here last season with Spurs coming out on top both times. However, the Irons did get their revenge by becoming the first team to win at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in April and they will certainly hope to build on that success with a positive result here.

Mark Noble suffered what looked to be a serious ankle injury in the first twenty minutes against Burnley at Turf Moor last time out but he seems to have recovered and is available for selection for this London derby.

Another plus for Manuel Pellegrini is that Michail Antonio is back in contention for the first time since 27 August after recovering from a hamstring injury. On the flipside though, the manager will have to do without Manuel Lanzini as he is unavailable due to breaking his collarbone against the Clarets a fortnight ago.

Despite featuring in a number of the club's pre-season matches, defender Winston Reid has not featured in competitive action since March 2018 because of a knee injury. However, he could be in line to make an appearance this weekend after stepping up his fitness by playing for the Development Squad recently.

Saturday's match is a 12:30pm kick-off with build-up starting at 10am on BT Sport and continuing right through until kick-off. The referee is Michael Oliver.

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