Good time for Hammers to be facing Spurs

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After 23 games, 401 days, 47 goals conceded only 17 goals scored, West Ham finally won a game away from Upton Park.

The only disappointing factor in that win was that it came in the League Cup and not the league where so far we are struggling for points, not that I’m complaining because I love nothing better than a good cup run.

With some of the so called bigger clubs going out of the competition – Liverpool and Everton to name two - this week and with a kind draw on Saturday West Ham could go further in this competition.

I must confess that I didn’t hold out much hope in West Ham getting a win at Sunderland on Tuesday night after Steve Bruce came out in an interview saying that he was out to try and win the cup and will field a strong team, which made the victory that bit sweeter.

Now, after two good away performances, the confidence of the team should be climbing and with Tottenham Hotspur the visitors at the Boleyn Ground, West Ham could possibly win their second game on the trot for the first time since February.

Saturday's game against Spurs is one of the most eagerly awaited games of the season. We love nothing better than getting one over on them which unfortunately has only been managed once since our return to the Premier League, our 2-1 victory when half the Spurs squad went down with food poisoning and the defeat meant Arsenal took 4th spot and they missed out on Champions league football, oh happy days. 

But despite West Ham's slow start to the season I feel another Hammers victory is on the cards as Tottenham come into this game with only one win in their last four games, injury worries mounting and perhaps they have bitten off more than they can chew with the Champions League fixtures stretching their squad to their limits. 

Meanwhile, West Ham are growing stronger with every game and if Avram Grant sticks to his recent tactics of playing three up front I can see us causing their back line plenty of trouble.

West Ham's back line is their weak link, using ten players in only five games doesn’t breed familiarity among the players and Matt Upson has had a different partner next to him in different games. Avram needs to find his best four and stick with them no matter what the results are to help them gel together. 

The back line that played well against Stoke seems the best combination, but I'd swap Manuel Da Costa for Tal Ben Haim as his experience will be needed against whatever front line Harry plays.

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