Sissoko replaces Dembele in Spurs' midfield, Carroll on bench for

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Spurs are clearly the favourites, but I'm shocked to see them as short at [1.62] here.

Last season's edition of the fixture all but ended Tottenham's hopes of winning the Premier League title, and the North Londoners will be after revenge against their struggling hosts this weekend. A win over their arch-rivals could build upon this and kickstart their season. They've been clicking in fine fashion, including a dominating win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League earlier in September. A win over top opposition would, moreover, surely secure Slaven Bilic's position as manager for the immediate future, ending speculation over his replacement.

"I don't think he was getting injured because he was sloppy and lazy and he thought, 'I have no competition, I will play anyway",' Bilic said.

Former Premier League star Michael Owen has tipped Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham to be victorious over their Saturday lunchtime opponents West Ham United this weekend when the two meet at the London Stadium.

West Ham have won three of their last four home league encounters with Tottenham, keeping a clean sheet in each of those victories.

West Ham are a different team when he's fit and firing. The central midfielder picked up an injury against West Brom last week which will keep him out of the match, although the Hammers boss believes he will have the Spaniard back soon.

"It is important to have Mark always, not just this game, he is our skipper".

Wednesday's 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat of Barnsley further buried the cliche, but ignoring that Spurs have a problematic relationship with their temporary home would be a honest mistake.

However, Spurs have confirmed that the London derby will still come too early for Erik Lamela, Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama as the trio "continue their rehabilitation" from their respective injuries.

Though West Ham went into halftime with a two-goal deficit to overcome, they had given a good account of themselves. Pochettino's side dropped points against Burnley and Swansea at home, and with West Ham's defence looking more solid in recent weeks, I'll definitely be laying the away side at [1.62]. But West Ham wanted it more on that Friday night.

Cheikhou Kouyate scored the second goal for West Ham three minutes before the end of the game, but his side failed to equalise.

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