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West Ham v Spurs - media view with Charlie Wyett of The Sun

Posted on 4 May 2017  - 12:00

Football Editor at The Sun, Charlie Wyett has reported at the highest level of football for over 20 years now. A regular at Spurs and West Ham, he runs the rule over Friday night's derby at the London Stadium.

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Charlie Wyett
Football Editor, The Sun

charlie(1) West Ham have recovered from five straight defeats to go four unbeaten - what have you made of them this season?
Charlie: "It has been an another eventful season for the club with the move to a new stadium being difficult, to say the least. Slaven Bilic has also been under quite a lot of pressure as his summer signings were disappointing - and he has suffered rotten luck with injuries - but he is a decent manager and the results over the last few weeks have helped improve his mood and everyone else's at the club."

The Hammers’ last two games have been goalless draws against Stoke and Everton - how much do they miss Andy Carroll and Mikael Antonio?
Charlie: "Offensively, they really miss Andy Carroll, particularly as Diafra Sakho is another one of those players who has spent a lot of time in the treatment room. Antonio is more of a utitility player - albeit a very good one - and he has also been missed."

Below: Andy Carroll

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How do you think West Ham will approach this one?
Charlie: "The first game at home to Spurs at the new stadium - this is absolutely massive for the club's fans and the players will know it. Regardless of their League position, this is always a game they cannot afford to lose. I think they will be happy with a draw."

Below: Slaven Bilic

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Looking at Spurs, we’ve won nine straight in the Premier League, our best sequence in the Premier League era – what have you made of Mauricio Pochettino's team?
Charlie: "Again, excellent. The cliche is that the League table never lies but I think this is not true and for me, Spurs were the best team in the Premier League last season although somehow they finished third. Once again, they have proved difficult to beat this season which is why they still have an outside chance of winning the League. Three points at West Ham and Chelsea's players will spend the weekend looking at the League table with just a point gap. It really could have an effect by the time Chelsea take on Middlesbrough on Monday. I also like the fact that so many players have played their part in the success this season with Victor Wanyama outstanding against Arsenal."

Below: Victor Wanyama in action against Arsenal

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Finally, how do you think it will go on Friday night?
Charlie: "It will be incredibly tight and I think Spurs will find West Ham tougher opposition than Arsenal. I am going for a 1-0 Tottenham win."