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3 Things West Ham United Need To Do To Steal Points Off Tottenham Hotspur This Weekend

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Slowly and silently West Ham United are coming back to the forefront. Following their miserable start to the Premier League, the East London giants now have two wins and one draw in their last three matches which somehow has drawn a line between their previous and current form.

Slaven Bilic’s job was looking under threat as the Hammers were struggling to get the necessary breakthroughs in the Premier League but it started against newbie Huddersfield Town as they picked up their first three points of the season to dethrone the Terriers. They are still unbeaten at the London Stadium but the real challenge is still yet to come.

Tottenham Hotspur are due to visit the London Stadium this weekend and given the contrasting playing styles of both the teams, it could be a treat to watch. There would be a sense of revenge amongst the Spurs players as last time they visited this place they had to return with empty-handed as the Hammers got victorious in this fixture which also eased Chelsea’s way to the Premier League title.

Harry Kane needs to be stopped

The English forward has been in excellent form and has a particular fondness in scoring against the East Londoners. Kane has come face to face against the East Londoners ten times so far and has found the net ten times alongside racking up an assist.

West Ham’s motto against Spurs should be simple. Cut Kane’s all supply resources, isolate him to a corner and hit them on the counter-attack. Kane has the power and capacity to break any kind of defence so Bilic needs to ensure he chooses the best defensive combination available at his disposal.

Give Chicharito more freedom

The former Manchester United forward is well acquainted with the Premier League but his last goal came long back against Southampton. The Mexican superstar needs to dig deep and has to come out from his usual shell to have an impact on the scoreline. The fierce goal poacher can be used slightly behind the main striker to make those darting runs towards the box and trouble Spurs all night.

Joe Hart Needs to oil his engine

The English international has had a run of good games and has done quite well in the last two Premier League matches keeping two clean sheets. However, he has to be quite alert with players like Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Kane in action against him. The 30-year-old has been pretty error prone when it comes to taking the final call but there is no room for errors in this kind of a match.

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