Sam Allardyce is hoping West Ham can take advantage of Tottenham’s tiredness tomorrow following their 0-0 draw away to Lazio on Thursday.
The Hammers are two points clear of Spurs after 12 Premier League games and will be hoping to improve on their best start to a top-flight season in seven years with a first win at White Hart Lane for 13 years.
And Allardyce believes Tottenham’s European commitments in mid-week could count in his side’s favour on Sunday afternoon.
He told the official website: “I hope we can take our game to Tottenham and cause them a few problems.
“They played on Thursday night in the Europa League so there is bound to be a little fatigue and hopefully we can exploit that.
“The encouraging thing for us is that Wigan Athletic went there recently and came away with a win. It has not been a fortress that the fans maybe expected and hopefully that will count in our favour.”
But Big Sam also recognises the current tough run of fixtures has the potential to un-do all the hard work the players have put in so far this season, although he admits confidence is at its highest in the Hammers camp.
“We know we are in a very good position, but this run of fixtures could cause us a few problems,” he added.
“I think we will play well and I don’t think we will let ourselves down but we could play our best in the next four games and lose all four.
“We are a third of the way through the season and we have produced a high level of performance so we have the confidence and belief to keep going. I have got to keep driving the players on and I have to strive to make the players even better.”