Tottenham v West Ham - Five players under the spotlight

Tottenham and West Ham meet at White Hart Lane in this hotly contested London Derby.

Andre Villas-Boas will be expecting his side to keep the pressure up on leaders Arsenal as they look to grab an important three points against their rivals.

West Ham have found goals hard to come by this season and Spurs have the best defensive record in the Premier League so it doesn’t look too promising for the Hammers.

It is always a fiercely contested game when these two teams meet but you can expect Tottenham to have too much quality for Sam Allardyce’s side.

Players like Eriksen, Sigurdsson and Lamela can definitely hurt the West Ham defence; it could be a long day.

Odds: Tottenham 5/11, Draw 19/5, West Ham United 8/1

Last meeting:

West Ham 2 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur – February 25th 2013, Upton Park

Two goals from Gareth Bale gave Spurs all three points in the London Derby at Upton Park. This included a stunning strike in stoppage time to put Spurs ahead after they had been trailing 2-1 with 20 minutes to go. West Ham got goals from Andy Carroll and Joe Cole but it wasn’t enough to hold off top four chasing Tottenham.

Five players to watch on Sunday:

Gylfi Sigurdsson

The Icelandic midfielder has had a terrific start to the season for Spurs and considering the players they have bought it is a credit to him that he has nailed down a place in the team. He scored last week against Chelsea and will expect to get more chances against a struggling West Ham team.

Christian Eriksen

After signing from Ajax in August Spurs fans wouldn’t have expected the Danish international to fit into the team and the league so quickly, but he definitely has. He seems to be the creative hub of the team and he can expect to see a lot of the ball on Sunday against West Ham. He will create a lot of chances and it won’t be long before he is breaking through the Hammers defences.

Roberto Soldado

Soldado started his Spurs career well with two goals in his first two league games but since has failed to find the net. Spurs will need him to start scoring soon otherwise Jermain Defoe could get a run in the first team, he will no doubt have some chances on Sunday and for his sake he better take them.

Mark Noble

West Ham’s captain is an important part of the first team and he is usually the driving force of the midfield. He does well to break up oppositions attacks and protect the back four, he will need to be doing this effectively on Sunday because Tottenham will need to be given as little time on the ball as possible in the midfield.

Jussi Jaaskelainen

Jaaskelainen has been a consistently excellent goalkeeper for many years now and his team will need him to be on top form this weekend as he can expect Tottenham to dominate possession and have lots of shots on goal, he usually saves his best performances for the big games and this would be a great time to put in a match saving display.

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