The Special One is back.
In a week of boring internationals Spurs announced they’d parted company with Mauricio Pochettino, and to be fair it’s hardly surprising.
A poor start to the season, a fractured dressing room and a reported spat with Daniel Levy, it was only going to end one way.
Within 12 hours José Mourinho was unveiled as the club’s new manager dividing opinion amongst the Spurs faithful. He’s a winner though, something Spurs don’t have in their ranks at the moment.
And I’m sure those who aren’t in favour of the appointment will soon change their tune if he starts winning a few games.
So the Mourinho era begins with a trip to struggling West Ham. The Hammers manager is under serious pressure after going seven games without a win in all competitions.
And If things don’t change then West Ham will be in the thick of a relegation battle. They’re currently 16th just five points off the bottom three and haven’t kept a clean sheet since beating United in September.
There’ll be added spice on Saturday as Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho don’t get on. It’s well documented.
Spurs are on a run of 12 away games without a win. But Mourinho has a knack of winning his first game in charge, especially in England.
During his three previous stints in the Premier League he’s won all three of his first games in charge and he’s 13/5 to bag all three points without conceding on Saturday.
Harry Kane has six goals to name so far this season and he’ll be vital to Jose’s plans. The striker is 3/1 to open the scoring.
Three of the last four meetings between the two sides have produced under 2.5 goals and it’s 8/5 to cop again, which isn’t a bad price especially if José reverts to type by parking the bus.
West Ham are 17/5 to end their winless run, the draw is 10/3 and Spurs are 4/5 to get off to a winning start under Jose.