Confirmed starting Xis: Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham

Having the final say on the Premier League’s weekend action, Tottenham Hotspur welcome West Ham United  to White Hart Lane at 4pm this afternoon.

This London derby is a notoriously feisty one, with no love lost between the two sets of fans. But there’s more at stake than simply local bragging rights this time around, with just one position and three goals separating the fifth-place Spurs and the sixth-place East Londoners in the Premier League table.

The Lilywhites haven’t lost in the league since the opening day of the season, whilst today’s visitors to  have already recorded wins over Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea this term and  so we’re expecting a very close match.

The teams news has just been confirmed on twitter, so here’s a look at the official starting Xis:

Both Mauricio Pochettino and Hammers counterpart Slaven Bilic have been forced into making changes this afternoon. Erik Lamela suffered an injury on international duty but is suspended anyway so summer signing Heung-Min Son takes his place in midfield.

Likewise, talismanic midfielder Dimitri Payet has been ruled out for three months, but his absence facilitates for Diafra Sakho’s return to the West Ham starting Xi. His last outing was against Chelsea in October.

 


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