Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to play West Ham United - Expect Spurs to be unchanged

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Tottenham Hotspur go into this weekend’s London derby against West Ham looking to keep the pressure on local rivals Arsenal.

Spurs continued their good start to the season last night with a solid 2-0 win over Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League.

Attention now has to quickly switch back to the Premier League as Tottenham get ready to face West Ham United in one of the most hostile derbies of the season, following a great point at home to Chelsea last weekend.

Here is the side Andre Villas-Boas could go with.

GK – Hugo Lloris

Lloris is in good form at the moment and his confidence will be sky high. He distributes the ball well which is important for the club as they look to set up fast attacks and he’s also very quick which allows the Tottenham defence to play a higher line.

RB – Kyle Walker

Walker is good at both ends of the pitch. He’ll need to be on his guard defensively and aware of leaving too much space in behind him when he does attack. However, he’s the number one right-back at the club and full of confidence after a good display against Anzhi.

CB – Michael Dawson

Dawson has looked solid in the middle of the defence. His leadership is very important and he’s aggressive and vocal when keeping the back four organised. He’s good in the air and good on the floor.

CB – Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen is one of the best players that Spurs have bought in recent times. He looks very comfortable on the left side of central defence and proved yet again against Chelsea that he’s not afraid to get involved in scraps with the opponent’s aggressive and worked up players.

LB – Kyle Naughton

Naughton did an admirable job against Chelsea and he deserves the chance to keep his place in the team. He tucks in well next to Vertonghen when Spurs are under a lot of pressure and he gets forward well, offering an extra option to the midfield down his flank.

RM – Andros Townsend

The winger will be full of confidence after he retained his place in the latest England World Cup qualifying squad. His pace is electric if he tries to beat the full back and he’s also got the option to come inside into his dangerous left foot.

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CM – Paulinho

Paulinho is a very good, all round midfielder. He can sit in front of the back four and offer good protection to the defence but he can also nudge slightly further forward, controlling the pace of Tottenham’s attacking play through the middle.

CM – Moussa Dembele

Dembele is similar in a few aspects. He’ll play predominantly in a central role, not dropping too deep but not getting too far forward. His strength, presence and aggression will be very important in terms of winning the ball back and not letting West Ham settle.

AM – Christian Eriksen

Eriksen will roam the gap in between his own midfield and attack. He’ll be the playmaker and the central midfielder who gets furthest forward during open play. He was outstanding in the first-half against Chelsea.

LM – Gylfi Sigurdsson

Sigurdsson is having arguably the best spell of his Tottenham career. He’s got the discipline to stay out on the left hand side when the team needs him to and he showed against Chelsea he can drift into central positions when there is space to do so.

ST – Roberto Soldado

Despite Jermain Defoe’s goal in the Europa League, Soldado will more than likely continue up front. He’ll play on the shoulder of the West Ham defence, trying to occupy both central defenders and push West Ham’s back four into a deeper position.

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