West Ham v Spurs- Crunch game for Slav?

After a dire performance at home against Brighton, West Ham will be hoping to bounce back when they make the short trip to Wembley to take on in-form Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.

The Hammers were abject against the Seagulls despite playing at home with potentially their strongest XI against a promoted team that had not won away on the road this season. The result lead to more calls among supporters and pundits alike for Slaven Bilic’s head but the Croatian gaffer has apparently been given this midweek clash against Spurs and the weekend league one against Crystal Palace to turn things around.

Some of West Ham’s tactics against Brighton seemed to defy logic- they pumped in cross after cross into the opposition box, only for it to come to naught in the absence of the suspended Andy Carroll. The lanky forward will however be able for the visit to Wembley after serving his one game ban. Spanish keeper Adrian will start in goal for the Hammers ahead of Joe Hart, but the tireless Michail Antonio will be unavailable due to a rib injury.

AC Sent off

Spurs casually demolished Liverpool over the weekend in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley. Manager Mauricio Pochettino produced a tactical masterclass to expose chinks in Liverpool’s defence, and the end result saw the Lilywhites prevail 4 goals to 1.

If there’s one silver lining for West Ham, it might be the fact that Spurs are expected to field a weakened XI in this game. The Lilywhites will face Manchester United and Real Madrid in their next two games, and Pochettino is likely to give some of his key players- striker Harry Kane for example, a bit of a rest.

However there is still plenty of talent available at Pochettino’s disposal, and with the likes of Llorente, Son and Alli likely to feature, it comes as no surprise that the home side are being quoted at 1/2 by Betway to triumph in this Cup fixture, with West Ham long shots at 11/2 at the time of writing this article.

Tottenham Hotspur recent form

APOEL 0-3 Spurs
Huddersfield 0-4 Spurs
Spurs 1-0 Bournemouth
Real Madrid 1-1 Spurs
Spurs 4-1 Liverpool

The last League Cup clash between the two sides was back in December 2013, and West Ham were 2-1 winners in that clash at White Hart Lane. This will also be West Ham’s first appearance at Wembley in over five years- the last time they played at the venue was in the 2012 playoff final against Blackpool.

The referee for this clash is Mike Dean, and West Ham’s last game with him in the middle was their 2-0 loss at home to Manchester United last season.

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United 25 October, 2017 (20.00 UK)

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