Three things West Ham must do to beat Tottenham

West Ham’s form away from the Boleyn Ground this season has been nothing short of extraordinary, while the Hammers have been a bogey team for London rivals Tottenham over recent years.

As such, ahead of this Sunday’s clash of the sides at White Hart Lane, there is every reason for optimism for the travelling support.

Spurs have been in good form over recent weeks and will hope that three points at the weekend can further drive their case forward for a top-four finish.

However, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City already scalps of the travelling Hammers, Slaven Bilic’s men will hope another top-six side will fall victim this weekend.

That said, West Ham will need to be at their best to get a positive result in North London, with these three things needing to fall in place for an away win to be recorded…

Win the midfield battles

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Tottenham’s midfield continues to be a driving force of their positive form, with the likes of a rejuvenated Mousa Dembele, the incredibly gifted Christian Eriksen and new England starlet Dele Alli driving forces for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

As such, if West Ham are to have an influence over proceedings, Mark Noble and Cheickhou Kouyate will need to get to grips with their opposite numbers and win the contests in the boiler room.

If the Hammers can restrict Tottenham’s creative players and get a fair share of possession, it could well be the springboard for another famous away win.

Attack from wide

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Although Tottenham have an impressive defensive record this season based around their all-Belgian centre-half pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, the hosts are still vulnerable in wide areas.

Both Danny Rose and Kyle Walker are attacking weapons in their own right, but have been proven to be the weak links in an otherwise solid Spurs outfit.

With the home side’s wingers also liking to drift in-field, there is a chance for West Ham’s full-backs to get forward when their team have the ball.

Attacking from wide with the likes of Manuel Lanzini and Victor Moses could well be a source of joy for the visitors, who will surely look to get the ball into the box for Andy Carroll to attack.

Quieten the crowd

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The White Hart Lane crowd are a passionate bunch that can drive their team forward, but the Spurs fans can also show collective frustration if things are not going their way.

As such, West Ham need to nullify the home support by not conceding in the first half an hour and keeping things tight.

If the visitors can frustrate Pochettino’s side with dogged defence and winning the personal battles, it could well see the home faithful get agitated and this nervous energy be transferred to the pitch.

Spurs are full of momentum at the moment and for the Hammers to get the result they want, blunting the efforts of the hosts, which could then lead to frustration, is necessary.

 


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