Though Tottenham’s mood will have been boosted by a 4-1 Europa League win away at Wolfsberger on Thursday evening, their league form still leaves plenty to be desired, having lost four of their last six.
West Ham, on the other hand, will be full of confidence following their routine 3-0 win over Sheffield United and will be looking up at Chelsea, rather than down at Tottenham.
Who could forget the reverse fixture between the two sides back in October, as Tottenham squandered a 3-0 half-time lead, with a Manuel Lanzini screamer sealing a point for David Moyes’ men.
It feels almost impossible to pick a winner this time round, with the Hammers the side in form, but with Jose Mourinho’s side desperately needing points.
With the intriguing match-up looming, Sportsmail takes you through the talking points and the important information you need to know.
David Moyes (L) has never beaten Jose Mouirnho (R) in 15 attempts, losing nine and drawing six
David Moyes vs Jose Mourinho
It has to be said, David Moyes has not typically fared well against Jose Mourinho in the past.
In fact, he has never claimed a win against the three-time Premier League winner… in 15 attempts.
Mourinho has only ever beaten five managers more times than Moyes, with a record of nine wins and six draws against the Scot.
However, coming into this mammoth fixture, it’s Moyes’ side who are both the form side and the team playing the better football.
Mourinho has faced hefty criticism this season for his defensive approach, a tactic that was implemented immediately after West Ham scored three late goals to steal a draw in the reverse fixture.
Even so, their defence has looked very ordinary at times of late, with Mourinho yet to decide on his best pairing at the back.
It is an area Moyes will look to exploit, particularly Tottenham’s fragility from set pieces, with midfielder Thomas Soucek somewhat of an expert in that department.
Though Moyes, who will hope to have Michail Antonio fit, will look to expose Tottenham’s fragile defence, he will be all too aware of their counter-attacking prowess, particularly with a rested Harry Kane ready to go.
It makes for an intriguing tactical battle between two teams in search of the top-four.
West Ham vs Tottenham: Team news
David Moyes has revealed he hopes Michail Antonio will be fit to face Tottenham on Sunday
The big news for West Ham this week is that David Moyes hopes to have Michail Anontio fit enough to play against Tottenham on Sunday.
Moyes revealed on Friday that Antonio trained three times this week, though with the caveat that not every session has been with the team, but also individually.
Meanwhile, Andriy Yarmolenko could be fit having struggled with a knee injury of late, while Fabian Balbuena will need a late fitness test.
Angelo Ogbonna is ruled out with a sprained ankle, however, while long-term absentee Arthur Masuaku remains sidelined.
As for Tottenham, Jose Mourinho has confirmed both Harry Kane and Gareth Bale could start against West Ham.
Mourinho revealed that Kane had asked to sit out of their Europa League win over Wolfsberger, while Bale was taken off a 65 minutes to preserve his fitness.
Tottenham will be without long-term absentees Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon, however.
West Ham vs Tottenham: Time for Bale to shine?
Gareth Bale scored with a thunderous strike in Tottenham’s midweek win over Wolfsberger
The derby is not only a crucial fixture for Tottenham and their season, but one that could be fundamental to the future of Gareth Bale.
The winger has endured a difficult time since making his highly anticipated loan move from Real Madrid, starting just two Premier League games this season.
Bale looked closer to his formidable best on Thursday night, however, as he scored an exquisite goal and set up Son Heung-min in a 4-1 win.
The Welshman was substituted after 65 minutes, with Mourinho later revealing it was a tactical decision in an effort to preserve him for Sunday.
‘One of the reasons why he left the pitch by minute 64 was to try to have him available for the next match,’ Mourinho said.
‘By taking him off at that minute we managed to save him a few miles in his legs. I know the match is Sunday at 12 o’clock but I believe he has a chance to play the match.
‘For him it was important to play and not to play the 90 minutes.’
It seems, therefore, that Bale will be getting a starting role against West Ham, and in truth, he has to grab the opportunity with both hands.
Tottenham have been devastating with Harry Kane up top and Son on the left, but the right-wing position remains firmly up for grabs.
With the goal scoring burden weighing heavy on the shoulders of Kane and Son, Tottenham could do with the arrival of an in-form Bale.
West Ham vs Tottenham: How fortunes have changed
West Ham celebrated in style after Manuel Lanzini’s 94th-minute equaliser at Tottenham
The pair last met in an astonishing 3-3 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium back in October.
A free-scoring Tottenham side looked out of sight when 3-0 up at half-time thanks to a first-half double from Harry Kane, which added to Son Heung-min’s first-minute strike.
The Hammers launched an astonishing second-half comeback, however, with three goals in the last 10 minutes – including a 94th-minute Manuel Lanzini thunderbolt – salvaging a point for the visitors.
Though a crushing blow, Tottenham responded well following the result, winning their next four Premier League games on the bounce, including a 2-0 victory over Manchester City that sent them top of the league.
West Ham, on the other hand, failed to win either of their following two Premier League fixtures, and at the time of Tottenham going top, they were down in 13th place.
The tables have well and truly turned, however, with West Ham now sat in fifth, while Tottenham are way down in ninth.
It shows just how quickly things can change in this highly unpredictable season, and should act as a pertinent reminder to West Ham that nothing is a given on Sunday.
West Ham vs Tottenham: The key stats
League position: 5th
Top league scorer: Soucek (8)
Most league assists: Creswell (6)
Goals scored: 37
Goals conceded: 28
Last six league matches: 4W, 1D, 1L
Clean sheets: 9
League position: 9th
Top league scorer: Kane, Son (13)
Most league assists: Kane (11)
Goals scored: 36
Goals conceded: 25
Last six league matches: 2W, 0D, 4L
Clean sheets: 7
West Ham vs Tottenham: How to watch
West Ham’s crucial encounter with Tottenham – which kicks off at 12pm on Sunday, February 21 – will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Sky Sports subscribers can also watch the game online by streaming it on Sky Go.
Viewers can also buy Sky Sports day pass from NowTV for £9.99, with a month pass at £33.99.
Manchester City vs Tottenham: The odds
Having won four from their last six Premier League matches, it comes as no surprise to any that West Ham are the marginal favourites in Sunday’s match-up against Tottenham.
Moyes’ men are slightly favoured at 17/10 to win, while Tottenham are at 7/4, with a draw at 23/11.
With Harry Kane set to return to the starting lineup, he comes in as the favourite to score first at 4/1, while Michail Antonio is at 9/2.
*Odds courtesy of Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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