Match Preview: Spurs Vs West Ham


Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is close to fitness after a knee injury but may not be risked ahead of Tuesday’s European game against Monaco.

Toby Alderweireld, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies remain out.

West Ham captain Mark Noble is suspended but defender Winston Reid is fit after a hamstring strain.

There could be a place among the substitutes for forward Diafra Sakho, who has not played all season because of a back problem.


Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “Every time we play and compete in the Premier League, the opponent takes the game like a derby or a final. That is good. This is another derby, another final for us.

“We’re creating many chances every game, the problem is that we need more chances to score. Maybe we’re not as clinical as we were last season. It’s about working hard and trying to improve.”

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: “We are missing points. If we had beat Stoke last time out we would be mid-table, because it’s so tight.

“But we are 17th, and if you are 17th you are very close to relegation and we have to improve even more.

“On one hand the worst thing to do is lose confidence and doubt yourselves individually and as a group. On the other hand you can’t keep talking and saying the table doesn’t matter, that we are a good team and we will click.”

(BBC Sport)

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