It was extremely encouraging to see Tottenham Hotspur take care of business against Wolfsberger on Thursday. While the job is not complete just yet, Spurs are highly likely to move on to the next round of the Europa League, which is one of the few positives for the club in the new year.
Much of this is because of absolutely dreadful Premier League performances. Tottenham has lost four of its last five in the league, and as a result somehow sits six points behind Sunday’s opponent West Ham. The pesky London neighbor is experiencing one of its better seasons in a while, and a win over their rival would legitimize the Hammers’ top-four challenge.
Normally I provide some links to highlights from the previous fixture between Spurs and their opponent, but I am not going to bother with this one. For those fortunate enough to have forgotten last October’s contest, just know that the match ended as a 3-3 draw. As painful as that day was, it did help fuel a six-match stretch that yielded 16 points, including five clean sheets and wins over Manchester City and Arsenal.
The clubs have experienced opposite fortunes since that time, but maybe the reverse fixture will end this Freaky Friday situation. A loss does not end Spurs’ top four hopes, but at some point the hole will just be too deep to overcome. On the other hand, a win would provide some new life, and with Gareth Bale and Dele Alli starting to come back into the picture, perhaps there is some promise yet.
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