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West Ham United vs Tottenham Premier League - August 16, 2014

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West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Competition: English Premier League, MatchDay 01

West Ham were very active in this summers transfer window. The Hammers spent 27 mln € on four players. The most expensive was World Cup’s revelation from Ecuador, Enner Valencia (15,00 mln €), the next purchase is Cheikhou Kouyaté from Anderlecht and Mauro Zárate from Argentinian CA Vélez. The last signing is Aaron Cresswell. They also loaned a young defender from Arsenal, Carl Jenkinson. The transfers look pretty well because WHUFC  have not sold any important players. Last season they luckily avoided the relegation gaining points on the last matchdays. I think that the most of West Ham fans were hoping that the club would change the manager during the summer but this didn’t happen. They are spending much more money than their relegation opponents. Unfortunately the most expensive player in the club’s history (Andy Carroll) is injured and they need to play the first few matchdays without him. Also Carl Jenkinson will be missing. They won all 3 matches against Tottenham last season, two in the league and one in the Carling Cup. They did not show themselves in their best shape in the pre-season games.
Tottenham team once again decided to change their coach. It is their 10th manager in the 21th century. The mastermind of a great sensation from Southampton, Mauro Pochettino, was named as the new Spurs’ manager. After a very disappointing season, Spurs were not too active on the transfer market. They know that the players they bought last season for more than 100 mln € have enough quality to fight for the top four. Some believe that the problems the Spurs were struggling with were the effect of a bad managing performance and plenty of injuries. Tottenham played very well in their pre-season matches. It will be pretty difficult but they should manage to be placed higher at the end of the season than in the previous season 2013/14. Speaking about the upcoming game, they lost all three matches against the Hammers last season but now they should be much stronger and they are expected to win this game.

Match date: Saturday, 16 August 2014 - Kick Off Time: 14:00 GMT
Venue: Boleyn Ground, London, United Kingdom

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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