West Ham supporters have been reasonably quiet throughout the international break after seeing their side suffer defeat in the Premier League just prior to the fortnight interruption.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men went into their clash with Brighton back on October 5 having picked up seven points from their previous three league matches, beating Everton and Manchester United alongside a draw with Chelsea. Yet the Hammers weren’t able to make it four without defeat in going down 1-0 to Chris Hughton’s Seagulls, with Glenn Murray’s first half strike proving to be enough to seal all three points for the South Coast outfit at the AMEX Stadium.
As such, there have been many disappointed West Ham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are turning their attentions towards Saturday’s clash with Tottenham, and as such may be intrigued by the huge claim made by Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who says he’d be ‘shocked’ if the Hammers lost this weekend.
And given the good form Pellegrini’s side have been in recently, alongside the fact that they always get up for games like this, it’s hard to disagree with Merson’s sentiments.
Ultimately, things were looking bad for the East London club when they lost their opening four Premier League games of the season, especially with clashes against Everton, Chelsea, Manchester United, Brighton, and Tottenham to come in their next five matches.
But things appear to be coming together for new boss Pellegrini and his many summer recruits, with his team magnificent in 3-1 victories over Everton and United, while they also showed determination and resilience to thwart Chelsea and earn a 0-0 draw from that clash last month.
Yes, the Brighton loss was disappointing, but on the whole the Hammers are playing well and appear to be a tough team to play against at the London Stadium, especially against the top sides with United and Chelsea finding things tricky in recent weeks.
And the East London club always seem to get up for matches against Tottenham as well, and with Mauricio Pochettino’s side have shown some vulnerabilities in the early stages of the season, the Hammers will certainly feel confident of getting a positive result.
Pellegrini’s side have won three of the last six meetings between the two sides including a comeback win at Wembley in the Carabao Cup last year, while they have also beaten the North Londoners in their new stadium having won 1-0 back in April 2016.
Thus, Pochettino’s men will be well aware, not just because of their recent run but also the history, that the Hammers and their supporters will be well up for Saturday’s encounter, which will indeed make it a very tricky assignment for a Spurs team that haven’t quite fired on all cylinders just yet.
Taking all that into account, it’s very hard to disagree with Merson’s huge claim that he’d be ‘shocked’ if West Ham were beaten by Tottenham at the London Stadium this weekend.
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