Our match prediction:
With West Ham sitting pretty in sixth and Tottenham emerging as one of the most likely candidates for the Premier League trophy, this is likely to be one of the most exciting meetings between local rivals in recent years. The Hammers have been showing no signs of slowing down after a bright start, climbing to European positions in the league, while also impressing to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals. Slaven Bilic’s charges are brimming with confidence following back to back wins over Blackburn and Sunderland, and we wouldn’t be surprised if they put an end to Spurs’ amazing run of results. Tottenham Hotspur have done remarkably well to revive their Premiership title bid with six straight victories, but it would appear they are no longer at the top of their game. Spurs struggled in each of their last four matches on all fronts and were quite fortunate to record a big win over Fiorentina a week ago, so we predict that their winning streak ends at Boleyn Ground.
Highligted Player (Vertonghen):
After spending four years at Ajax, in 2006 Jan Vertonghen signed a loan deal with RKC Waalwijk. The left-footed defender spent one season at Mandemakers Stadion and he returned to Ajax for the 2007/2008 season. The highly rated footballer, who is capable of playing as both centre back and left back, signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur on 8 July, 2012 and he has been playing for the Premier League outfit ever since. The Belgian defender scored four goals for the Spurs in the 2012/2013 Premier League season and he made 34 league appearances for the White Hart Lane outfit back then. In the 2015/2016 season Jan Vertonghen and his teammates were producing brilliant displays with Tottenham, but the Spurs eventually finished the campaign in third place in the standings. Speaking of his international career, Vertonghen made it to both World Cup (2014) and Euro (2016) quarter-finals with the Belgian national team. Jan was born on 24 April, 1987 and his shirt number is 5.
Highlighted Team (West Ham United):
West Ham United are an English football club based in East London. The club was founded in 1895 and it has to be noted that the club’s name was Thames Ironworks back then. The Hammers were playing their home games at Upton Park from 1904 until 2016, when they moved to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. West Ham have won three FA Cup trophies (1964, 1975 and 1980) and they were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. The capital club finished the 1985/1986 England first division campaign in third place in the standings and that is the club’s highest placing in the top flight. West Ham United have strong rivalries with fellow London clubs, but Tottenham Hotspur are considered the club’s main rivals. A number of top-class players were part of West Ham in the past and the likes of Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Ince, Julian Dicks, Shaka Hislop, Michael Carrick and Slaven Bilic are some of them.