COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Tottenham forward Harry Kane has a great record against West Ham and will be confident of extending that run on Saturday.
Spurs host the Hammers in the Premier League and both sides are in desperate need of a win for different reasons.
Mauricio Pocehttino’s side are without a win in seven games across all competitions and are three points adrift of the top four, but will be hugely boosted by the return of Kane.
West Ham have endured a difficult start to the season and are currently just one point above the relegation places in 17th.
England international Kane is set to add to their troubles on Saturday as he is expected to lead the line.
The 23-year-old has a good record against West Ham and scored three goals in his last three league appearances against them.
The striker scored a brace in the 4-1 victory last season, including a well-struck shot from the edge of the box.
He also helped Spurs secure an unlikely point in the 2014-15 season, when he scored a 96th minute equaliser from the penalty spot.
Kane will be hoping that he can once again that he can breach the West Ham defence and Slaven Bilic’s side have looked vulnerable this season.
The Hammers have conceded 20 goals in their opening 11 league games, with four goals shipped against West Brom and Watford.
West Ham have improved defensively since they switched to three at the back and they will be hoping to keep Kane quiet.
Kane should feel confident of extending his run against Spurs’ London rivals and he marked his return from a 10-game layoff with a goal in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
The forward has scored three league goals in his first six games this season and have proved in recent years that he is one of the most clinical finishers in the Premier League.
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