Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points and players who can be decisive in Matchweek 24.
Despite pushing for a top-four finish, only three Premier League teams have faced more shots in 2022/23 and in open play, that number is reduced to just one.
Averaging 50 per cent of possession, Spurs spend longer periods without the ball compared to most of their top-half rivals.
Their counter-attacking style of play means they absorb certain amounts of pressure.
Yet the structure of their 3-4-2-1 formation has not been as robust as Antonio Conte would want or expect it to be.
Spurs have made too many individual mistakes and been pulled out of shape too often, while their 29 goals conceded from open play is the highest in the Premier League this season.
West Ham are not the most attack-minded away side in the league, but will feel capable of finding the back of the net in this London derby.
Most goals and shots conceded from open play
|Club||Goals conceded||Club||Shots conceded|
|Nott'm Forest||27||AFC Bournemouth||246|
With goalkeeper Hugo Lloris injured and a back five that is not settled in terms of team selection, Spurs' central midfield pairing need to provide a strong platform.
In the absence of Conte too, who is recuperating from his gallbladder operation, assistant manager Cristian Stellini is expected to name Sarr as Hojbjerg’s partner against the Hammers.
The 20-year-old impressed during the 1-0 midweek defeat to Milan in the UEFA Champions League.
Very composed in possession and always wanting to get on the ball, Sarr’s drive and distribution caught the eye.
Out of possession he was also excellent, covering plenty of ground and recovering the ball more frequently than any of his team-mates.
Sarr's stats v Milan
Hojbjerg holds the key
With a youthful player alongside him it will be important for Hojbjerg to relish this added responsibility.
Hojbjerg's ability to protect the defence and contribute to the attack will be crucial if Spurs are to beat West Ham.
Hojbjerg's stats 2022/23
|Succ. passes in opp. half||628||2nd|
|Poss. won in middle third||87||4th|
His presence helps Spurs' attacking trio get on to the ball as quickly as possible.
If Hojbjerg and Sarr click as a pair this weekend, it can help Spurs win the match and ease concerns that their midfield might be a weak link in the weeks ahead.