West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview
West Ham v Tottenham; Monday 25 February; Upton Park; Premier League; 8pm
Tottenham travel to Upton Park to take on West Ham United in a London derby on Monday evening.
It's likely to be an emotional encounter before the whistle as the Hammers are paying tribute to their former captain and legend, Bobby Moore. The team will want to give the World Cup winning defender an amazing tribute by beating the in-form and high flying Spurs, especially after the rivals beat them 3-1 in the reverse fixture in November.
West Ham are currently in 12th position after Fulham went two clear ahead, after their 1-0 victory over Stoke City. The Irons will seek to go level on points with Stoke if they beat Andre Villas-Boas's side, but they have only picked up four points out of a possible 24.
Kevin Nolan is the current top scorer for the club, but he only has six goals in 24 games which may be a concern to the manager and board.
Joe Cole has had a good impact since rejoining the club in the January transfer window, getting himself one goal in four games and getting two assists in his first game after signing with the Hammers.
It could be tough for West Ham though, as Spurs are in tremendous form. This team have not lost a Premier League game since the 9th December – that's 10 games unbeaten.
Tottenham have a number of players that can cause damage, including the in-form winger, Gareth Bale. He has bagged himself 13 goals in 22 Premier League appearances making him one of the most dangerous players in the league.
Tottenham will be without Jermain Defoe, as the England international is out with ankle ligament damage.
Younes Kaboul, Sandro and Tom Huddlestone are all set to miss out with knee injuries, while West Ham could recall James Collins and Joey O'Brien, according to the BBC.
Villas-Boas is also likely to bring France international Hugo Lloris back into the team, after number two Brad Friedel started in their Europa League tie against Lyon in mid-week.
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