Tottenham look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season as they travel to take on West Ham in a London derby tonight. Antonio Conte’s side have been unconvincing at times in recent games, but have managed to do enough to earn a late draw against Chelsea before beating Wolves and Nottingham Forest.
David Moyes’ side picked up their first points of the campaign last time out, a narrow win on the road against Aston Villa. Before that, it was three games, three defeats and no goals, so the Hammers will be hoping victory at Villa Park will mark the start of better form.
Gianluca Scamacca is not involved at West Ham tonight, but new signing Lucas Paquetá is on the bench. For Tottenha, Yves Bissouma starts in midfield, while Heung-min Son will be looking to finally get his season underway. Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!
Malik Ouzia at the London Stadium
Conte expects a tough challenge
“We know very well the difficulty of playing against West Ham, we are talking about a really good team. At home I also think they are stronger.
“We have prepared the game very well, our expectation is to have a difficult game”.
Moyes pre-match thoughts
On Scamacca: “He has had a virus since the Aston Villa game. He hasn’t trained, he hasn’t been in a few days. We’re trying to get him over it. He is not serious, but he is in no condition to get involved.”
On Paquetá: “He hasn’t even passed the ball to most of the players yet, the times haven’t worked. Everyone wants to see it, sometimes you just have to be patient. We will try to use it at the right time.”
Culinary update from London Stadium
Spurs consider James raid
Tottenham are among the clubs exploring a deadline deal for Leeds United’s Dan James, but the winger is happy to remain in Yorkshire.
Spurs are on the market to replace Bryan Gil, who wants to return to La Liga side Valencia on loan for the rest of the season.
They are one of several clubs interested in James after Leeds indicated they would allow the 24-year-old to leave Elland Road before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.
More talks are expected Thursday, but James is believed to be happy where he is and not pushing for a late move.
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No scam for West Ham
West Ham return to a back four, with Emerson falling to the bench as Cresswell starts. Up front is Antonio leading the line as Scamacca completely misses the team.
The new signing Paquetá is on the bench and could make his debut tonight.
At Tottenham, Bissouma is a starter in midfield in the absence of Bentancur. Richarlison has to settle once again for a place on the bench, along with Skipp. Romero is not on the squad.
tottenham team news
Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sánchez, Dier, Davies, Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bissouma, Perisic, Kulusevski, Son, Kane.
Substitutes: Doherty, Skipp, Richarlison, Sessegnon, Forster, Spence, Tanganga, Sarr, Lenglet.
West Ham Team News
West Ham XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Kehrer, Zouma, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Benrahma, Bowen, Antonio.
Substitutes: Areola, Randolph, Ogbonna, Coventry, Emerson, Downes, Lanzini, Paqueta, Cornet
Team news from the London stadium in five minutes.
Big decisions for both coaches, ahead of a hectic series of games. Everything will be revealed very soon!