Trevor Sinclair predicts Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United

Tottenham Hotspur host London rivals West Ham United on Sunday.

Ex-England international Trevor Sinclair is backing his former club West Ham United to secure a draw with rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday, he told BreatheSport.

The Hammers head into the encounter ruing the absence of key player Dimitri Payet - the French international being ruled out for three months through injury.

Spurs, in contrast, are in fine spirits having not lost a Premier League game since the opening day at Manchester United - the longest unbeaten run in the league.

The hosts undoubtedly start the day as favourites, yet West ham’s away record this season has been superb and Sinclair is backing them to pick up another positive result on Sunday.

“West Ham this season have started away from home unbelievably with four wins from six games, getting some massive scalps on the way, but for me Sunday will be just as big,” he said.

“Dimitri Payet is not available, so going to the Lane and getting a result would be remarkable.”

“Pochettino has Tottenham playing really well, everybody has bought in to his philosophy and the way he likes to play. Really high tempo, lots of energy and a good sprinkle of English players.”

“Harry Kane has scored five in his last three, Dele Alli is the talk of the town – they will really fancy their chances. In a ding-dong of a battle, I think this one is going to end in a draw, 1-1.”

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has spoken of the need to play it safe amid Spurs’ renowned high-pressing, therefore the visitors may opt for a more direct approach on Sunday.

Spurs’ team seems to pick itself these days, though the positioning of Mousa Dembele is of some debate, with many believing the attack-minded player is actually better in a deeper role.

With Pochettino’s men currently enjoying their third best start to a Premier League campaign, a win over West Ham will be yet further evidence of their ability to finish in the top four come next May.

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