Tottenham's blistering and brutal three-competition-front stretch of matches continues Sunday with a home tie against West Ham United, but thankfully Spurs' run of injury-free matches has continued.
Tottenham has a clean bill of health going into Sunday's match, and Mauricio Pochettino will have his choice of players to take on the Hammers. And that's where the interesting bit comes in.
Pochettino picked a moderately rotated side in Thursday's Europa league tie with Fiorentina, playing Ben Davies, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Andros Townsend, Federico Fazio, and Roberto Soldado at the expense of players such as Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Ryan Mason, and Erik Lamela. While a few of these players were late match substitutions, Pochettino's selections were clearly designed to give his key players a rest, and seemed to indicate that if there's a competition that he's favoring, it's probably the Premier League.
All this suggests that we're likely going to see Spurs' first choice lineup against the Hammers this Sunday. I'd expect to see the "Masaleb" midfield pairing again, with Harry Kane on top and Mousa Dembele behind him in the hole. It's likely that Lamela will return to the starting lineup as well, but it also wouldn't surprise me to see someone like Nabil Bentaleb make way or get an early rest for the trip to Italy next week.
As for West Ham, their official site states that Matt Jarvis, Winston Reid and James Collins have all returned from injury and are available for selection, though it's not clear that all or any of them will get the start on Sunday. Andy Carroll, Morgan Amalfitano, and Nene have all been ruled out of contention.
Spurs haven't had the best time against West Ham lately, losing "the treble" against them last season. While they did defeat the Hammers at the Boleyn Ground in the opening match of the season, it was a flukey, weird match with Kyle Naughton picking up a red card and Eric Dier scoring the match winner. West Ham have been playing well this season though seem to have run out of gas a bit here in the second half of the season. A win is a must in order for Spurs to keep pace for the final Champions League qualification place.
The match begins at noon in London, 7:00 a.m. USA (Eastern time).