Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United Preview
Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United have played out an incredible seven consecutive competitive H2Hs without the home side on the day triumphing (D1, L6), which is unwelcome news for 'Spurs' as they attempt to avoid three straight PL home games without a win for the first time this season.
The team to score first has gone on to win just three of the last six PL matches hosted by Tottenham, though they have recovered points from three of the six (W2, D1, L3) PL contests in which they conceded the opener at home across the season.
However, they're unlikely to be tested early by West Ham: the Hammers' have failed to score first in five consecutive PL away matches, being held scoreless at half-time in four of those games.
West Ham have also been guilty of second-half fadeouts away from home, having conceded at least once after the 60th minute in six of their last eight PL away fixtures, losing seven of those eight (W1). Their win-draw rate of 35.71% (W3, D2,L9) as an away outsider now ranks amongst the worst in the PL.
Players to watch: Winter recruit Steven Bergwijn has opened the scoring in all three PL appearances at home for Tottenham, while Michail Antonio (WHU) has scored in four of six PL H2Hs, including his last two.
Stat attack: The home side on the day has not scored a first-half goal in any of the last seven PL H2Hs.