With eight matches crammed into the first four weeks of the season, it felt weird to not see Tottenham Hotspur for a two-week span. The squad definitely needed the break, although Spurs ended their frantic run of fixtures with a key win over Chelsea in the League Cup, an advancement into the Europa League group stage, and an absolute demolishing of Manchester United at Old Trafford. Hopefully the good fortunate can keep rolling.
The next stretch is a great opportunity for Tottenham. Starting with Sunday’s match against West Ham United, there are four very winnable league fixtures before facing Manchester City in mid-November. Getting at least 10 points seems crucial here, though there are European midweek matches to consider as well. Thankfully, there is a little more depth now, with Gareth Bale ready for his return debut, and Carlos Vinicius sure to take up some striker minutes when possible.
West Ham has often been a thorn in Spurs’ side, but the Lilywhites took both Premier League matches last season. Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura, and Harry Kane all scored in Jose Mourinho’s first match in charge in November, and it was Kane who sealed a 2-0 win against the Hammers after the restart. Even with these positive results, though, this is a team that cannot be overlooked and one that has a particular hatred for Tottenham.
The new season did not start too well for West Ham, but its last two league matches brought impressive wins over Wolves and Leicester which totaled seven goals scored to none conceded. Spurs are of course in form as well, and this is a chance to show that Mourinho finally has the squad turning the corner. The season is still very young, but the next month is the time to start racking up the points.
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