'A feisty one' - Charlie Nicholas delivers bold prediction of Tottenham v West Ham
By Russell Edge
Former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas has said that he expects Tottenham to comfortably beat West Ham in their League Cup clash on Wednesday.
The two sides come into the match in differing form, with Spurs having dominated Liverpool in their 4-1 win at Wembley on Sunday, Harry Kane netting a double.
As for Slaven Bilic’s side, they were humbled by newly-promoted side Brighton at home on Saturday, leaving them in 16th place in the table, with just one win in their last five games.
The Hammers saw off Championship side Bolton 3-0 at the London Stadium in the last round of the League Cup, while Tottenham were somewhat unconvincing in seeing off second tier Barnsley 1-0, with Dele Alli netting the winner.
The two sides have already met once this season, Spurs coming out on top in a 3-2 win at West Ham, despite having Serge Aurier sent off for two bookable offences.
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However Nicholas does not see Wednesday’s clash as being so closely fought, insisting that Spurs will have too much threat in attack to slip to defeat.
Predicting a 3-0 win for Mauricio Pochettino’s side on Sky Sports’ website, he said: “This could be a feisty one – but I only see one outcome.
“Mauricio Pochettino impressively exposed Liverpool’s vulnerabilities on Sunday and their confidence must be sky high.
“Fernando Llorente will come in again and Dele Alli will get another game after missing quite a few, meaning Spurs still have plenty of attacking quality.
“What does Slaven Billic do? If he plays a strong team, they could still be embarrassed.
“I’m a fan of Bilic but this is a really average group of players. He’s partly responsible but I don’t think you should judge him on a match like this.”
Tottenham have picked up the League Cup four times, finishing as runners up on four more occasions, while West Ham have two final appearances to their name, but are yet to have tasted success.
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