Over a week ago, Tottenham Hotspur picked up an inspiring 1-0 victory over Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Many fans saw a similar performance and fight from Spurs that helped them beat North London rivals Arsenal to a Champions League spot last season and thought that this match would be a turning point in the season. Since then, it has been a bit of a roller coaster at the club.
Injuries are mounting up quickly for Tottenham Hotspur
Going into the match against the Citizens, Tottenham Hotspur had a fully fit squad for the first time in a long, long time. Unfortunately, that did not last long. Several days after the match, it was revealed that goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris sustained a knee injury and is expected to miss at least six weeks. Later in the week, midfielder Yves Bissouma was ruled out indefinitely after having an operation done to repair an ankle injury. The injuries do not stop there, though. After the dreadful 4-1 drubbing at Leicester City, it was also revealed that standout midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur suffered a knee injury during the match that will see him miss the remainder of the campaign. Wing-back Ryan Sessegnon also picked up another hamstring injury which will keep him out of action for at least six weeks.
A London derby awaits vs. West Ham
Tottenham Hotspur will look to move on from the dreadful 4-1 loss at the King Power Stadium and the dull 1-0 loss at the San Siro against AC Milan this Sunday against West Ham. Even though West Ham is having a poor season, Spurs should not take them lightly. West Ham currently sits 16th in the Premier League with 20 points, and they have come away with two impressive 1-1 draws against Chelsea and Newcastle in their last two matches. It’s fair to say that there are no ‘easy’ matches in the Premier League, and West Ham will look to give this match their all as Tottenham is a London rival. Tottenham Hotspur will also be without manager Antonio Conte again as he remains in Italy after the match against AC Milan for routine checkups following his recent surgery.
With Cristian Stellini on the touchline again, it will be interesting to see how the team performs, given that they put in a shift against Man City when Conte was not present. Tottenham Hotspur will aim to pick up three points along with an improved performance to put pressure on Newcastle in the top-four race.