Kane brace keeps West Ham in the mire

Kane brace keeps West Ham in the mire

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. Fellow midfielder Pedro Obiang will also be absent, with the 27-year-old still struggling with a knock that he picked up against the Baggies.

Mauricio Pochettino's side are now fifth in the table but five points behind Manchester City and Manchester United, who are level at the top.

Danny Rose, Érik Lamela and Victor Wanyama were all known scratches prior to the match, but Mousa Dembélé's absence is more troubling.

Reports claimed that he had just one match to save his job following three consecutive defeats to open up the new Premier League season, but West Ham now head into today's tie having lost just one of their last five outings across all competitions.

"But if you are a very good player and can play very well in different positions, there are more possibilities for him to play".

Tottenham can be backed at 14/1 with Sky Bet to win the Premier League title and 8/13 for a top-four finish.

"With 10 men for us they dominated the game and put balls into the box - they are powerful in that phase of the game - but we held on. It's emotional, you play for your pride and we understand what it means for our fans - we share the same feelings", he told Tottenham's website.

When Marko Arnautovic played under Mark Hughes, there was hope that Sparky could get the best out of him, something that Sir Alex Ferguson managed with Hughes more than two decades ago. They've been clicking in fine fashion, including a dominating win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League earlier in September.

"It's such a busy schedule that we have because we play every two or three days and then all are away for the global break so it's impossible".

Kane scored a pair of first-half goals on Saturday, as Tottenham jumped out to a three-goal lead at West Ham before holding on for a 3-2 victory.

"We played well, competing and fighting against a hard team, in a derby". West Ham will be desperate to get another one over their local rivals. The three points are very important for us.

The England striker added: "Obviously I see stuff going round on social media but I don't really think about stuff like that too much, I want to score against every team I play against".