West Ham v Spurs – Carabao Cup Preview

Spurs will face London rivals West Ham for just the second time in eleven days on Wednesday as they gear up for their Carabao Cup fourth round clash. Spurs were 1-0 winners the last time they visited the London Stadium in the Premier League, but the starting XI on Wednesday is expected to be a lot different than it was in that game.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have just forty-eight hours to recover after their Monday night match against Man City. Spurs had the opportunities to get a result against the champions but were not ruthless enough and will be hoping that they have the cutting edge over the Hammers.

West Ham are 13th in the Premier League and have not won in their past three games but did pick up a point against Leicester on Saturday. In the last round of the Carabao Cup, they swept aside League Two Macclesfield in an 8-0 victory at the London Stadium.

West Ham v Spurs Carabao Cup Team News

Dele Alli may make his first start for Spurs in the Carabao Cup clash since returning from injury. The Spurs midfielder signed a new contract this week until 2024, which makes him one of the highest paid players at the club.

However Eric Dier will not be available because of a thigh strain. Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen will both be unavailable for the Carabao Cup tie. The club are hoping Rose’s injury layoff will not be for much longer whereas Vertonghen will be out for at least the next couple of months.

Manuel Pellegrini may not make wholesale changes to his team given that their last game was on Saturday and they have no European football to contend with. The West Ham boss has won the competition before when he was Man City manager in 2014 but will be without captain Mark Noble on Wednesday. The Hammers skipper is serving a suspension after his red card against Leicester.

Pedro Obiang could return to the Hammers squad but Marco Arnautovic may not be risked. There is a long injury list for West Ham with Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll, Winston Reid, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Manuel Lanzini all out.

West Ham v Spurs Carabao Cup – Predicted Line Up

West Ham v Spurs Carabao Cup

The team for the game against West Ham is incredibly difficult to predict but there are sure to be changes.

Either Paulo Gazzaniga or Michel Vorm will start in goal. Vorm came on against PSV Eindhoven last week yet Gazzaniga was on the bench against Manchester City so it remains to be seen which one will get the nod against West Ham.

With a lack of defensive options, Juan Foyth may be in contention to make an appearance for Spurs although he has not been involved in the match day squad for a number of games. Similarly, Kyle Walker-Peters may come into the side with Ben Davies currently the only fit left back in the Spurs squad. Meanwhile, Serge Aurier will almost certainly give Kieran Trippier a rest at right back.

Because of the extremely hectic schedule, Oliver Skipp may possibly play a role for Spurs in midfield. Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen could start as both were on the bench against Man City. However Pochettino faces a similar dilemma with Alli as he did in the last round of the Carabao Cup, as the England man is just recovering from injury. Alli picked up another injury against Watford in the last round, a game which he started, so Pochettino may choose to be wise and ease him into the side.

Heung-min Son should start after not appearing against Man City and Fernando Llorente will more than likely deputise for Harry Kane, who will surely be rested.

West Ham v Spurs Carabao Cup One to Watch: Grady Diangana

Grady Diangana is the West Ham player we’ve picked to keep an eye out for. The academy graduate had not played for West Ham before this season but Manuel Pellegrini and his coaching staff evidently see something in him. The youngster started for West Ham in their most recent Premier League game.

A tricky winger, Diangana has impressed in his brief appearances in the Premier League and excelled in the last round of the Carabao Cup, scoring two goals against Macclesfield. Fellow academy graduates Joe Powell and Conor Coventry also played a part in that match and will be hoping they feature at some point against Spurs.

What the Managers Said

Spurs Manager Mauricio Pochettino

“I can put the same players with a risk that they become injured. It is so difficult, it is not easy. We are going to assess all the players and it is less than 48 hours to compete again having had the circumstance of playing on a pitch that is so difficult to play, was tough and a very competitive game.”

“We will see which players can repeat, some can be on the bench and some they need to rest. I think we are in a period in the season that is different to when Christmas arrives and when it is a normal season that you can prepare yourself to compete during ten months.”
“A lot of players that didn’t have a pre-season that is why it is so difficult. My feeling today is that it is going to be difficult to repeat some players, maybe Dier who played 65 minutes, maybe, maybe but I don’t believe too many players will be ready and fresh to play.” (football.london)

West Ham Manager Manuel Pellegrini

“On Wednesday, we welcome Mauricio Pochettino and his players and staff for the second time in the space of eleven days. We were unlucky to lose against them in the Premier League but they have a very good squad and I expect it to be another close and difficult game.”
“As I have said previously, the Carabao Cup is a major competition that we take very seriously, and we have been on the training pitch since Sunday preparing our work and focusing on what we need to do to come out on top.” (football.london)

West Ham v Spurs Referee

Stuart Atwell will be the referee for West Ham v Spurs in the Carabao Cup. He is yet to take charge of Spurs so far this season but was referee for West Ham’s defeat to Bournemouth, a game in which he handed out eight yellow cards and a penalty. In the eight games he has officiated in this season he has produced thirty-two yellow cards and one red.

West Ham v Spurs Predicted Score

The game will be an intriguing one with both teams expected to ring the changes. Because of this, it may be a scrappy affair although Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen could make the difference if they start. On the other hand West Ham may feel that they have a good chance to progress and so could put out a relatively strong side.

Our prediction is West Ham 1-1 Spurs, with Spurs to win on penalties.

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