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FutureStarrTottenham Vs West Ham - The London Derby
Spurs will aim to return to winning ways against West Ham on Sunday in a crucial rivalry matchup. The Londoners have lost two of their last three and need a positive result in order to keep their top-four hopes alive.
On Saturday afternoon, West Ham United hope to rebound from their 1-1 draw with Chelsea at home. However, they are without several key players such as midfielders Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma and Gianluca Scamacca; plus defenders Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
West Ham United are hoping to bounce back this weekend when they travel to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for their London derby against Tottenham. Although West Ham were defeated 1-0 by AC Milan in their Champions League Round of 16 first leg this week, they have still managed to pick up five points from three matches despite facing an intense schedule.
Spurs' 4-0 defeat away to Leicester followed by a 1-0 loss against AC Milan last week showed they are far from being at their peak. Now four points behind leaders Liverpool, they could potentially drop out of the top-four race due to injuries to key players. After several pivotal matches this season, Tottenham have found themselves on the wrong end of several important decisions and must now turn things around.
Cristian Stellini, the stand-in manager for Juventus, has confirmed that Hugo Lloris, Yves Bissouma, Rodrigo Bentancur and Ryan Sessegnon will miss today's match against Bayern Munich. On the other hand, Aaron Cresswell and Gianluca Scamacca are both in training.
The home side started the game in great spirit, but were sloppy in the first half and couldn't get anything clear inside the box. Nevertheless, they came into the second half much improved and were on top of things.
In the early stages of the second half, Dejan Kulusevski picked up a pass from Pedro Porro and sent in an excellent cross. Kane missed it, but it fell to Arnaut Danjuma who powered home an emphatic goal.
The hosts were able to stay in the game and were almost rewarded with a late goal when Harry Kane was tripped by Angelo Ogbonna. Though he lost his feet, the keeper was unable to save his shot.
Emerson Royal made an impressive start to the season as he featured prominently in Tottenham's 2-0 victory against West Ham on Saturday. Despite his recent criticism, it appeared he had put it all behind him as he helped keep Tottenham at bay throughout the game.
He was outstanding, making five clearances and winning four duels. Additionally, he won possession four times in N17, while his aggressive press kept West Ham from creating many opportunities.
West Ham did manage to create some chances, though Bowen missed an early free-kick opportunity. The winger had other half chances but could not convert them.
West Ham United have had a tough start this season, and Bowen hasn't been the main culprit. His lack of chemistry with Antonio and inability to complete crosses or dribbles have been major issues this term.
That is why having a reliable defender in the team is so essential; Emerson proved to be one of the best options available and had an incredible performance against West Ham on Sunday.
It's not just a matter of him getting his game together; the 24-year-old has been under intense scrutiny this season, especially after joining from Barcelona in January. Last season he had some issues with consistency but has now started to show signs that things may have improved.
After an intense derby against West Ham at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Tottenham are back in the top four. His performance can only help Spurs continue their fight for Premier League survival.
Tottenham are back in Premier League action on Sunday as they aim to regain their position among the top four against West Ham. Both London rivals have suffered recent defeats - Spurs being crushed 4-1 by Leicester City and West Ham falling 1-0 against AC Milan in the Champions League.
Tottenham have managed to stay atop the table despite their recent poor form, though they have gone two games without a victory in the league. If they want to maintain their spot, however, points against West Ham are essential. Tottenham will be without several key players such as Hugo Lloris and Yves Bissouma due to injuries suffered against Leicester; Rodrigo Bentancur is expected to miss some time due to an injury sustained during that loss while Ryan Sessegnon remains uncertain.
Kulusevski made a surprise start for West Ham against Arsenal and his performance was somewhat of a mixed bag. He had his chances early on but they proved too tame, and his impact in the final third had not yet materialized as expected earlier in the season. After the interval he looked a little disappointed and was replaced by Richarlison.
Kulusevski had a better performance than Brazil international in midweek, though his impact was minimal. Given his recent struggles, it may be best to give him a rest for this game as his performance hasn't been at his best recently.
He hasn't scored in the Premier League since September and his form isn't at its best either. With this year's results lacking, he needs some goals to get back on track.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane was an impressive star against West Ham, providing a superb performance to help his side secure three points. He is now the top goalscorer in Premier League history and ranks second in England's international history.
Kane has achieved great success during his time at Tottenham, becoming the club's leading goalscorer in both the Premier League and UEFA Champions League. Additionally, he was named to both PFA Fans' Player of the Year and Premier League Team of the Season four times consecutively, as well as being included on Football Writers Association's All-Time Top 10 Goalscorers list.
He scored a brace against Manchester City during the 2015-16 season and has since netted 30 goals each of the last two seasons. Additionally, he won two trophies with the club: UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
Kane has not only impressive goal-scoring skills, but he is an incredibly hard-working, physical and defensively sound player as well. Kane was praised by the club's management for his dedication to training and development.
The youngster began his football career at local club Ridgeway Rovers before being scouted by Spurs in 2004. He was awarded a scholarship and quickly made an impression, starting regularly at Under-16 and Under-18 levels before being promoted to the senior squad in 2014.
Kane has been the club's top goalscorer and assist provider this season, boasting 10 assists across all competitions. His teammates and fans have voted him as their favorite player and most influential figure; Kane renowned for scoring big goals to help the side secure victories.
He has scored a goal in each of his last six home league games for Tottenham and will be looking for another hat-trick against the Hammers today. His 14 goals this season are his most prolific in any single campaign for Spurs.
Son Heung-min, born in Chuncheon, northeast of Seoul, South Korea, became an overnight sensation when he earned a $28 million transfer to Tottenham FC in 2013. Since then, the forward has seen incredible growth and become one of the most renowned names in Premier League.
He is an integral member of Tottenham's legendary squad, with a reputation for relentless work ethic that many consider to be one of his key assets. Additionally, his record of stepping up when necessary proves invaluable.
Son's success has recently been overshadowed by an underwhelming run of form, in which he only scored three goals in 15 league appearances. Despite that, there is hope that Son will rekindle his best form before the season's end.
Son had been left out of the starting lineup twice this season, so he took advantage of his chance to prove himself by scoring within five minutes against West Ham. Additionally, Son provided the assist for Emerson Royal's opener which put Tottenham ahead.
Tottenham's victory was another crucial one, propelling them back into the top four and giving them a game in hand over Newcastle who lost 2-0 to Liverpool.
Son may have been overshadowed by Richarlison in the opening half, but it was his second-half performance that really caught everyone's attention. He emerged as a real threat from midfield, controlling play with ease.
He was a constant threat in the centre of the park, his ability to hold up play in dangerous areas posing a particular challenge for West Ham. Despite being isolated by their defence, he maintained his composure to help his side capitalise on mistakes made by Nayef Aguerd and Declan Rice.