Jose Mourinho began his tenure at Tottenham with a 3-2 win away at the Olympic Stadium over West Ham last November and nearly a year later the Portuguese manager has his eyes set on pushing further up the table. Spurs finished 6th last season and secured Europa League football and are currently 6th as things stand after four games with a sensational 6-1 win at Old Trafford in their final game before the international break. However, three points won't be easy come by as an in-form West Ham team make the travel to North London off the back of two consecutive victories. The Hammers are 10th coming into this one after a 4-0 win over Wolves and a fantastic 3-0 result away at the King Power Stadium before signing off for international duty.
Tottenham were 1-0 down inside a minute against Manchester United but a cataclysmic collapse of the United backline seen them decimated at home 6-1 by Spurs as Mourinho got a huge on over his former club. Spurs looked lethargic in their opening game with Everton and were deservedly beaten 1-0 by the current league leaders but have won two of their three games since and were controversially denied all three points in their last home game as Newcastle scored a penalty with the last kick of the game. The hosts are the joint-highest scorers in the league with 12 goals so far and are on a rich vein of form going eight games unbeaten across three competitions. Only the top two took more points than Mourinho's men last season as the North London club took 39 points and won 12 of their 19 games and they will be keen to get their first home league victory of this campaign over the London rivals.
As for West Ham, manager David Moyes has been sitting in the comfort of his own home watching his side record back-to-back wins and keep consecutive clean sheets.The Scot was forced to isolate due to COVID-19 regulations as his compatriot David Irvine took charge from the dugout and the Hammers are flying with 4-0 and 3-0 wins over two Europa League level sides. Perhaps the East London club have their own eyes set on continental football but it is too early to start mentioning their name. How a win over rivals Tottenham would help their cause though. West Ham went to White Hart Lane and won back in April 2019 but have lost the last two head-to-heads against Spurs.
Another entertaining encounter is expected at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium between these London rivals and I can't wait for West Ham to give this one a real good go. I'm expecting goals at each end as Tottenham are yet to sort their defensive issues out from last season. Back both teams to score here.