Michael Owen predicts Tottenham v West Ham clash
By Dominic Toner
Michael Owen has predicted Tottenham to beat West Ham on Friday in their Premier League encounter.
Spurs travel to the London Stadium for their league clash and will be looking to keep up their pursuit of the title.
The north London club are four points adrift of leaders Chelsea, but will have the opportunity to crank up the pressure and be just one point adrift of the Blues ahead of their game against Middlesbrough on Monday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are on a nine-game winning run in the top-flight and are the in-form team in the division.
They managed to scrape a 3-2 win over West Ham in the previous meeting and will be looking for another victory over their London rivals.
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Owen has tipped Spurs to keep up their winning run and highlighted the qualities of attacking duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
“Harry Kane and Dele Alli have 38 league goals this season and one more strike from either between now and the end of the season will see them beat the 1994/95 tally of Jurgen Klinsmann (20) and Teddy Sheringham (18),” Owen wrote in his BetVictor column. “They have both been quite outstanding in a Spurs side who keep getting better and better.
“Since the start of the 2015/16 season Spurs have picked up 15 more points than any other side in the Premier League – whilst it looks as if they will have nothing to show for their continued excellence I expect them to take all three points against a Hammers side struggling for goals in recent weeks.”
Spurs have been in sensational form recently and have the best defensive record in the Premier League, conceding just 22 goals so far.
Meanwhile, they have been in great form going forward and have a deadly attacking players in the likes of Kane, Alli, Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son.
They have scored in their last 13 games across all competitions and can be expected to punish a vulnerable West Ham backline.
The Hammers have been poor defensively throughout the majority of the season, but have shown signs of improvement with three clean sheets in their last four games.
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