Tottenham Hotspur will host West Ham United in Saturday’s early kickoff in what should promise to be an entertaining London derby with both teams still having different things to play for.
Both sides will have hugely experienced goalkeepers in their line-ups for the game, both of whom could be vital in helping their side to pick up potentially crucial points.
Spurs will have Hugo Lloris to call upon as they look to give their chances of finishing in the top-four a further boost at the weekend, however, the Hammers will have Lukasz Fabianski in between their sticks trying to keep the likes of Son Heung-min and Fernando Llorente at bay.
However, which shot-stopper is better when it comes down to comparing the duo? Let’s take a closer look at the pair below in this particular battle…
Lloris, who is valued at £27 million (by Transfermarkt), must be seriously considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League when it is his day, however, those days have been rather few and far between throughout the current campaign. There is no doubt that the France World Cup winner has plenty of quality, but there have been a number of gaffes that have cost Spurs points this season.
It could be argued that those errors have been the reason as to why Tottenham’s current place in the race for the top-four is uncertain and is not as safe as it ought to be, however, he has recently put in some stellar performances in the Champions League to give them a chance of winning that competition.
Blunders can be part of any ‘keeper’s game, however, the £27million-rated ace (per Transfermarkt), has a habit of making some at rather unhelpful times.
With the likes of Felipe Anderson, Michail Antonio and Javier Hernandez (or even Lucas Perez) looking to try and turn West Ham’s away form into something they can be proud of at the new stadium, the 32-year-old might just have to be at his best to ensure Tottenham keep all three points on Saturday afternoon.
TT Grade: B
Fabianski could be argued to be one of the purchases of the last summer transfer window, or at least for West Ham he could be. Having joined from Swansea City for a fee believed to be in the region of £7.2million, that now looks to have been a bargain as the Poland international has made his fair share of impressive performances for the Hammers.
The former Arsenal shot-stopper has been the busiest in the Premier League this season, having had to make 133 saves – 13 more than the next man (at the time of writing). Although those figures are a little concerning from a defensive point of view, it is rather encouraging as it appears the Irons may have finally solved their problem at the number one position for the time being, considering he is 33-years-old.
His displays between the sticks have seen fans call for him to be the recipient of their prestigious Hammer of the Year award, which speaks volumes to how important he has been to them, despite all their inconsistencies.
Fabianski is going to need to be at his very best if West Ham are to end their nightmare away form, however, if he does, then they will have a fighting chance.
TT Grade: B+
Both ‘keepers have plenty of quality and experience for a game of this magnitude, however, Fabianski would have come away with the win in this particular battle.
As good as Lloris has been throughout the majority of his Spurs career, doubts about whether he can continue at the top level will surely have been concerning and could force the club to look in the transfer market for their next star between the sticks.
Fabianski has been truly outstanding this season and has earned all the plaudits he has received so far, making his £7.2m transfer figure look a bargain.
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