West Ham vs Tottenham: 3 key battles to end the Hammers hoodoo

Diafra Sakho in action against Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup

Diafra Sakho in action against Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup

"Yesterday he told me", the Spurs boss said. "For me he's the best striker in the world".

Pochettino paid for a large group of Tottenham stars and his coaches, as well as the club's chairman Daniel Levy, to eat at the Beast restaurant on London's Oxford Street. Another record is set to fall, as Spurs - with a win on Saturday lunchtime - will for the first time win three consecutive away matches to start a campaign.

Fans questioned why the Belgian was not even used from the bench in the goalless draw with The Swansea at Wembley, but a slightly irate Pochettino defended his decision in his press conference for Saturday's game at West Ham.

However, the goal threat by West Ham was not enough as Tottenham held strong to collect all three points from the home side in an entertaining Premier League encounter. Pochettino's side have won both of their league outings on the road so far this season without conceding a goal - including an impressive 3-0 win over Everton in their most recent away game.

"It is only natural what happened to them", he said.

Spurs are favourites to win the game at 13/20 odds and we are backing the same outcome as our prediction in this game. They may also have an eye on their midweek Champions League game at APOEL, so while I think Spurs are the stronger side of the two, the price of [1.64] in the Match Odds doesn't represent any value to me. Newly resplendent in a year's time, White Hart Lane will ring their name as always.

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Slaven Bilic praises Christian Eriksen in The London Evening Standard: "They have many excellent players but the one who is maybe the unsung hero is Christian Eriksen".

Last May Manuel Lanzini's matchwinner effectively ended Tottenham's title ambitions as yet again they came up short.

West Ham lost their opening three successive League games, though they did improve during their last two matches by claiming a win against Huddersfield and following that up with a draw against West Brom.

As Bilic acknowledged, West Ham can not rely on Tottenham's problems with playing in wide-open spaces to pull off a third successive home win.

For Spurs, Harry Kane will naturally be the one to watch.

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