Tottenham Hotspur will be targeting a third successive victory in the Premier League and a continued campaign revival when they take on West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday.
Back-to-back wins over Aston Villa and Newcastle have somewhat eased the pressure on Spurs as they head into the ninth round of the Premier League still holding firm in fifth position on the table, albeit now four points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
However, after the nightmare 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at the end of September, Tottenham fans will at least be feeling a little bit more optimistic about October turning into a month of recovery and redemption.
That would certainly be the case if they could overcome West Ham this weekend and then back it up with another strong performance when they host Manchester United on 30 October.
Last weekend’s win for Tottenham would have been particularly pleasing in that it also saw star striker Harry Kane finally end his wait for a Premier League goal this season with a deft lob.
“I know there’s been a lot of talk and a lot of noise around me and I know that’s always the case when you’re used to scoring goals and the ball just doesn’t drop to you sometimes,” Kane commented.
“I’ll always back myself to put the next chance away.”
Before taking on West Ham, Tottenham will head into a Europa Conference League match against Vitesse on Thursday, but understandably it’s expected to be a second-string outfit that takes to the field in the Netherlands.
The primary focus will be on maintaining a level of consistency when fronting up against West Ham, with David Moyes’ men coming off a 1-0 win over Everton that has lifted them to seventh place on the table, but level on long points with United and Everton.
Last season, Tottenham and West Ham played to a 3-3 draw, while the Hammers were victorious at home in the other match up. It will ensure there is no element of complacency as Spurs look to continue their upward curve.