Two key stats that offer West Ham hope ahead of Spurs clash

The statistics are stacked against West Ham for the most part...

Worryingly for West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur are a side in form.

Forget their 3-2 loss at Liverpool - a narrow defeat despite a superb away performance. And forget the fact that Mauricio Pochettino's side will be more tired than the Hammers after their midweek exploits in the Europa League.

This is a Spurs side Sam Allardyce would rather not face. And all the statistics bare out that unfortunate truth.

In 2015, Tottenham have been far superior to West Ham in most key categories. Except for two...

 2015 form GoalsConcededChances CreatedPassing AccuracyTackles WonDribblesCrossing AccuracyGames
Tottenham 15 10 68 81% 84% 63 11% 6
West Ham 6 5 44 72% 71% 45 27% 6

As Opta stats show, the north London side have scored more goals, created more chances, landed more of their passes, won more dribbles and won more of their tackles than their east London rivals.

Those figures hardly make for good reading for West Ham ahead of their trip to White Hart Lane later today.

But they will know Spurs are not infallible. And the fact they have conceded 10 goals in six games will let Allardyce know his side have a strong chance of netting against Pochettino's men if they produce their best.

At the same time, West Ham will be encouraged by their crossing statistics. Tottenham, with the often wasteful Andros Townsend and co out wide, have landed just 11 per cent of their crosses. The Hammers, however, with the effective Stewart Downing and co, have landed 27%.

But can they exploit that at the Lane this afternoon?

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