This fixture always throws up a feisty contest in typical London derby style but there’s even more at stake this year with just one position separating the clubs in the Premier League table.
It looks set to be a classic encounter and the confirmed starting Xis came out around half an hour ago, the biggest talking point being Heung-Min Son’s return to the Spurs line-up in the absence of Erik Lamela – who is both injured and suspended for today’s clash at White Hart Lane.
The South Korea international joined the Tottenham Hotspur ranks this summer, at a cost of £22million, after claiming 21 goals in 62 Bundesliga appearances during two seasons at Bayer Leverkusen.
His Lilywhites career has got off to a decent start, with three goals and one assist from his first seven appearances, but the 23-year-old hasn’t started a match since Spurs’ 4-1 win over Manchester City in September due to a foot injury.
Needless to say, Spurs, West Ham and Premier League fans in general all had their opinions on Son’s return to the starting Xi and duly expressed them on Twitter. Here are some of the best reactions:
Heung Min Son scares me
— West Ham Stuff ⚒ (@WestHamStuff) November 22, 2015
Son's energy, pace & goal threat will be a big factor today. Particularly with Lamela missing #coys
— michael (@officialMKcoys) November 22, 2015
It's absolutely nailed on for Heung Min Son to start banging them in for Spurs since I've just took him out me dream team, he'll get 2 today
— joel (@joeljacksonn6) November 22, 2015
— Jon Gilbert (@jonhotspur88) November 22, 2015
— This Is Futbol (@ThisIsFutbol) November 22, 2015