Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Tottenham will beat West Ham on Sunday when the two London rivals meet each other at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Both teams are in good form ahead of the Premier League season getting underway again after a two-week international break. West Ham, who had Alan Irvine on the touchline due to David Moyes’ positive coronavirus test, beat Wolves and Leicester in their last two league outings while Spurs have 13 goals in two games when they have smashed Maccabi Haifa and Manchester United.
It wouldn’t be a shock if it was to rain goals again this weekend based on how West Ham and Tottenham have both started the season. Lawrenson has predicted three goals to be scored on Sunday, but reckons Jose Mourinho’s side will walk out as 2-1 winners.
“West Ham have won both games while their manager David Moyes has been in isolation recovering from coronavirus, but he should be back in the dugout for this one,” Lawrenson said on the BBC Sport website.
“We might get a first look at Gareth Bale in action for Tottenham too, if he is fit, but they have been doing pretty well without him to be honest.
“I’m going for a Spurs win, whether Bale features or not.”
West Ham lost 2-0 when they last visited Tottenham in June with Tomas Soucek’s own goal and a striker by Harry Kane settling the derby match.
However, the Irons have a good recent history in their away matches against Spurs as they won two and drew one of the three visits to North London before that defeat in June.
It remains to be seen whether Said Benrahma will start for the Hammers this weekend with the Brentford attacker widely reported to be on the verge of a move to the London Stadium.
But we doubt that Moyes will want to make too many changes that smashed Leicester 3-0 before the international break when Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen were all on the scoresheet.
In other West Ham news, Said Benrahma has reportedly agreed a £45,000-a-week deal at the London Stadium.