4. West Ham have no forwards
It’s no secret that Slaven Bilic is desperate to add a world-class striker this summer. Between the failed Simone Zaza experiment and the injuries of Andy Carroll the Hammers have been forced to play without a quality centre forward for most of the season.
With all due respect to Andre Ayew, he isn’t a player who should be leading a Premier League attack. He’s been in decent enough form as of late, but he’s not going to strike fear into the Spurs defense. Expect Spurs to have plenty of possession without significant fear of a counter attack.
That’s a significant problem for Bilic. Tottenham are at their best when they can dominate the ball without fear of counter attacking reprisals. West Ham may spend long stretches of the match trapped in their own end.
It’s hard to see how West Ham can score goals in this match unless they’re able to conjure up magic from a dead ball situation. If they get behind early, it could get ugly at the Olympic Stadium.