Kane brace keeps West Ham in the mire

Frederick Owens
September 24, 2017

Harry Kane kept up his impressive scoring record against West Ham with his brace inspiring 10-man Tottenham to a 3-2 victory at the London Stadium.

After the interval, it was all City, and it was not long before they had their second, with Sane turning provider this time for Raheem Sterling to slot home six minutes after the interval.

United equalled their best start to a Premier League campaign after Romelu Lukaku scored his eighth goal of the season in all competitions to give them a 1-0 win at Southampton.

The pressure on the shoulders of West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has eased with a couple of improved results recently, but the spotlight is still on the Croatian.

West Ham effectively ended Tottenham's title hopes last season with a 1-0 win in early May and, buoyed by a three-match unbeaten run, Bilic is hoping for a repeat this weekend.

"Despite their poor start to the season, West Ham have picked up since the worldwide break, picking up four points and back-to-back clean sheets".

Carroll lost possession to allow Harry Kane to convert a swift counter-attack, and he made it two minutes later with another quick Spurs move. It will be a tough afternoon, but West ham have done well in this fixture in recent years.

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This was supposed to be a fun, exciting season for West Ham United, but instead it's been anything but, with the Hammers winning just four points in their first five matches.

Dembele, who turned 30 in July, has a longstanding issue with the top of his left foot and he has said he will always play with some pain, despite going under the knife in May. For the Hammers, Andy Carroll is available at 3/1 odds.

The fact that they've won 38% of their games with him in the starting XI since his arrival in 2012, compared to 26.9% without, is a testament to this.

As Bilic acknowledged, West Ham can not rely on Tottenham's problems with playing in wide-open spaces to pull off a third successive home win. The challenge for Mauricio Pochettino and his players will be finding a way to beat these highly motivated sides.

"I think it is so important to manage properly, it is the key to keeping him fit and to providing all the quality that he has to the team".

Alli swung in a flawless cross behind a West Ham backline caught horribly square, and Kane applied the finish with a glancing header past Joe Hart.

The Hammers tend to raise their game against their fiercest rivals and Pochettino has warned his side they must be up for the fight.

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