West Ham v Tottenham preview: Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele back for London derby
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Last Updated: 20/10/18 6:52pm
Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele will be available for Tottenham as they take on West Ham in a Premier League London derby on Saturday.
Eriksen has missed the last four games with an abdomen injury while Dembele has been struggling with a thigh problem, but both are set to return for Mauricio Pochettino.
The Spurs manager is pleased to have the two players back for the trip to the London Stadium, with a busy schedule coming up for the north London side.
"It was a good time for us because we are going to recover a few players like Christian and Mousa Dembele," he said.
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"There are a lot of games ahead and it's so important to have nearly all the squad fit to compete and play and to give options to rotate and share the games because it will be tough, the months we have ahead.
"We have seven games in one month, in four weeks, and it's so important to have all fit to compete and to give the level that we want."
However, Manuel Pellegrini does not expect to be facing a tired Tottenham side on Saturday after another bout of international duty, but the West Ham manager insists fatigue will not be a factor.
"I don't think that a Spurs player will be tired, they played on Monday and then now on Saturday," he said.
"Maybe for the League Cup game [on October 31], when they will have played on Monday and then again on Wednesday. But they are all young players, they will be 100 per cent for this game."
Dele Alli (hamstring), Danny Rose (groin) and Jan Vertonghen (hamstring) all continue to miss out.
Pochettino said of their progress: "There is still maybe 10 days more for Alli and Rose is the same, one week more. Vertonghen is a little bit longer."
Marko Arnautovic is set to be available after playing in just one game for Austria during the international break, but he has trained since returning to West Ham.
West Ham have won 14 Premier League games against Tottenham - against no side have they won more (also 14 against Southampton).
Spurs are looking to win consecutive away Premier League games against West Ham for the first time since August 2009.
West Ham have not won consecutive Premier League games at the London Stadium since December 2016.
West Ham are winless in their last seven Premier League London derbies since beating Chelsea last December (W0 D5 L2).
Spurs have won eight of their last 11 Premier League away games (D1 L2), including four of their five on the road this season.
After winning his first four Premier League games against Spurs by an aggregate score of 16-2, West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has lost his last two against them in the competition, all while he was Man City manager.
No player has scored more Premier League away goals this season than Spurs' Harry Kane (4).
I don't worry about West Ham in the big games at the London Stadium. Games like this one against Tottenham, it looks after itself. It's the games against the likes of Wolves and Bournemouth - two games they lost earlier in the season - that are of concern. However, like against Manchester United, the fans will be up for this one and they don't have to go and chase the game. West Ham can play on the counter against Spurs and that suits them.
I'd be shocked if West Ham lost this game. Tottenham haven't been in great form and they've had a lot of players away on international duty. Christian Eriksen has been a huge miss for Spurs. He's a bit of an unsung hero for Mauricio Pochettino's side because he knits everything together from the midfield.
I'm going to go for a draw as I don't see West Ham losing this game. If I had to pick a winner I'd go with the Hammers.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)