Jermaine Jenas explains the advantage West Ham will have over Spurs

West Ham Upton Park

West Ham take on Spurs in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Speaking to Yahoo Sport, Jermaine Jenas has admitted that the state of the Upton Park pitch could give West Ham an advantage when they take on Tottenham on Wednesday evening.

Jenas said: “The Upton Park pitch didn't look in great shape in the Hammers' match against Sunderland at the weekend. It was dry, bobbly and not a nice surface to pass the ball around on, which could cause Spurs some problems. But so far Mauricio Pochettino's team has shown an ability to deal with whatever is thrown at them.”

Spurs like to keep the ball on the ground, with the majority of their attacking play coming from nice interplay around the opposition penalty area.

Occasionally they do utilise long-balls and crosses from the full-backs, but they are a much less direct team than West Ham.

Even under Slaven Bilic, the Hammers retain much of the directness that they showed under Sam Allardyce, although they play with much more attractiveness.

They have players who can play long if needed, and with Andy Carroll back playing after injury, there is an option to go completely route one to capitalise on any defensive vulnerabilities that Spurs may show.

Jenas believes that the Upton Park pitch was looking patchy and bumpy at the weekend, which could play into West Ham’s hands.

However, Spurs have shown more than enough to prove they can overcome any obstacle, and they will be looking to pick up another three points on Wednesday evening.

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