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Frank McAvennie has backed West Ham United to beat Spurs in their Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon.

The former Irons forward has predicted that his former side will edge a close encounter at the London Stadium in a 2-1 victory.

David Moyes will be hoping for a quieter afternoon than the reverse fixture, as the Irons look to stake their claim for European football – something McAvennie believes could depend on the next run of fixtures.

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Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said, “It’s a strange one.

“They’ve got a togetherness now at West Ham, I’d love to see West Ham but Mourinho is a tactician, it’s going to be one of those games, but I’ll go for a 2-1 win.

McAvennie went on to claim that the upcoming run of fixtures is possibly going to define where they can finish in the Premier League.

“They’re going to relish them. You will see at the end of that how far they have come.

“Now they are winning games they are expected to win, but these are the games that will give the fans a taste of where they are. Come the end of the season, it’ll be interesting if they get some good results here.” 

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It is vital that the Irons start this run with a positive result against rivals Spurs.

Following the London derby, West Ham enterain Manchester City, Leeds, Manchester United and Arsenal – not the best of runs we could have hoped for.

If the Hammers want to prove themselves as a top-six club, they need to come out of this run with a positive outcome – something that nine points out of 15 should suffice.

McAvennie is predicting a tough clash against Spurs, but starting this run with a win would be the perfect end to this weekend.

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