Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte says it is important his team go into the international break with a spring in their step as they prepare to face West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon (Tottenham 3/4, Draw 3/1, West Ham 19/5 – Match Betting).
The two London rivals are level on 48 points, although Spurs have played one game less than David Moyes’ side.
Both Conte and Moyes will have the belief their sides can still finish in the top four, but Arsenal are still six points better off after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
Spurs’ form remains patchy at the moment, with Conte’s side losing three of their last five games at home.
West Ham are winless in their previous four on the road, but they are unbeaten in their last three league matches against Tottenham.
Spurs’ squad will be the fresher of the two, with West Ham forced into extra-time against Sevilla in the Europa League on Thursday.
Only Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga will miss out for Spurs, and Conte says it is vital that they head into the international break with a spring in their step.
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He told the club’s official website: “For sure, it’s an important game for us, also for them, because we have the same target. We are in a good moment of form, and we’re improving a lot. We have to be confident going into the game on Sunday. We have this game and then the international break. It’s very important to finish in the right way with a good win and a good performance, to show we’re improving.
“We have the same points in the table. This will be a tough game for both teams, for sure, we will do our best and try to get three points because, with only 10 games to go, every game is vital for us to get three points and to stay close to the top positions.”
Sunday’s early Premier League game will take place at 14:00, with Leicester City welcoming Brentford to the King Power Stadium (Leicester 6/5, Draw 5/2, Brentford 12/5 – Match Betting).
The Bees can move level with Leicester in 12th with a win, and the Foxes’ injury list continues to trouble them with Jamie Vardy still sidelined.
Brendan Rodgers is also likely to be without Marc Albrighton and Wilfred Ndidi, while Caglar Soyuncu and Patson Daka will need to be assessed due to illnesss.
Brentford coach Thomas Frank has no new injury concerns, but midfielder Josh Dasilva completes his three-match suspension.
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