The view of the opposition: Tottenham v West Ham
We're predicting goals, and plenty of them, as the Hammers head to Wembley looking for a second away win against Spurs this season.
West Ham fans have already had plenty of excitement over the festive period, with Andy Carroll’s late winner against West Brom the 14th goal scored across their last three games.
And, based on recent encounters, that entertainment is likely to continue against Tottenham on Thursday night.
These sides, of course, have played each other twice already this season in league and cup, with the away team winning five-goal thrillers on both occasions.
Given that the Hammers’ last three visits to White Hart Lane also finished 3-2, 4-1 and 2-2, another cracker looks likely at Wembley.
Particularly considering Spurs have scored 12 goals in their last three games under the arch, while West Ham have scored at least two in each of their last four league matches.
With goals seemingly guaranteed, it makes sense to back a bit of late drama as well.
After all, West Ham’s last seven trips to Tottenham have seen them score six and concede five during the final 15 minutes of matches, including a late turnaround in the League Cup and that wonder goal by Ravel Morrison.
And, this time around, it might just be another midfield playmaker who provides a moment of magic.
Manuel Lanzini has scored three goals in five appearances against Tottenham, most memorably the winner at the London Stadium towards the end of last season.
The Argentine has impressed under David Moyes so far, having provided five assists and gone close with a number of attempts.
Now back from suspension and bound to be in the thick of the action, he’s good value to find the net against Spurs once again.
Over 3.5 goals –
Goal scored between 75-90 mins –
Manuel Lanzini to score –