Three Key Battles - Tottenham Hotspur

It doesn’t come much better than facing your London rivals under the lights, and West Ham United will do exactly that when they face title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on Friday.

While the Hammers will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to five matches, Spurs are on the hunt for a tenth successive Premier League victory to stay in touch with Chelsea at the top of the table.

And though Mauricio Pochettino’s men are looking dangerous in almost every fixture they play in, the Hammers have been stern recently in defence, keeping three clean sheets in four matches.

Let’s take a look at some individual battles on the London Stadium pitch which could have a bearing on the final result…


Adrian v Loris

In goal, Adrian has taken over the reins from Darren Randolph recently, impressing in both of his two displays, shutting out both Everton and Stoke City.

At the other end on Friday night will be Frenchman and Tottenham skipper Hugo Lloris, well-regarded throughout the footballing world.

It’s the Spaniard, however, who comes out on top in terms of both his average claim success rate and his saves per game so far this season.

A world-class save is as important as a goal in huge clashes such as this, so both keepers will have to be on their toes throughout the 90 minutes.


Cresswell v Davies

With Arthur Masuaku in a race to be fit for the London derby having picked up a knock at Stoke’s bet365 Stadium, it could well mean a return for English full-back Aaron Cresswell.

The left-sider, like Tottenham’s Ben Davies, has not played as much football as he’d have liked this season, but when he has, his statistics have been good, making two goals – one recently for Andy Carroll at Hull.

Davies has been kept out the team on occasions by Danny Rose, but due to the England man’s injury, the Welsh former Swansea player has been a regular in 2017.

He helped Wales to the UEFA Euro 2016 semi-finals in France during the summer, but can he keep Spurs’ title challenge on track on Friday?


Reid v Alderweireld

Our final pair to look at are another set of defenders, one of the Hammers’ key men in Winston Reid and Tottenham’s former Atletico Madrid centre-back Toby Alderweireld.

The Belgian’s stock has grown and grown since following Pochettino from Southampton to Spurs, and he’s been one of the best defenders in the league this season.

That said, West Ham’s Reid has more goals, assists and better aerials won, pass success and clearances per game stats.

Some might be led into thinking that makes Reid an unsung hero, but he certainly earns his praise from Hammers fans!