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2014-05-02T08:32:00 Updated 2015-02-18T21:59:20

Tottenham Hotspur match preview





• West Ham United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday, looking to record their third victory of the season over the north London club.

• The Hammers recorded a 3-0 Barclays Premier League win at White Hart Lane back in October, with Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison on target. They followed that by coming from behind to defeat Spurs 2-1 in the Capital One Cup in December, as Matt Jarvis and Modibo Maiga hit the target.

• Sam Allardyce's men will also be hoping to arrest a run of four consecutive league defeats on Saturday, with their last win coming at Sunderland on 31 March. Since then, Liverpool, Arsenal, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion have all taken maximum points from the Hammers.

• Tottenham are on a good run of form, having won three of their last four fixtures. Since being defeated 4-0 by Liverpool on 30 March, they have beaten Sunderland (5-1), Fulham (3-1) and Stoke City (1-0), and drawn 3-3 away at West Bromwich Albion.

• Tim Sherwood's side are chasing a UEFA Europa League spot for next season and are currently sixth in the table, with 66 points from 36 games. Should they win their final two fixtures of the campaign, they would equal their record points tally for a Barclays Premier League campaign.

Team news

West Ham United

• Marco Borriello remains sidelined with his longstanding calf problem, but Sam Allardyce has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from.

Tottenham Hotspur

• Andros Townsend is out after damaging ankle ligaments in last weekend's win at Stoke City, while Kyle Walker is a doubt after suffering a pelvic injury.


• West Ham and Tottenham have played a total of 194 times, with the Hammers winning 69, losing 77 and 48 matches ending as draws.

• Should the Hammers emerge victorious from Saturday's game, they will complete an historic hat-trick of victories over the north Londoners in the same season. They last completed a league double over Tottenham in the 1998/99 season.

• West Ham last defeated Spurs at the Boleyn Ground in September 2010, when Frederic Piquionne scored the only goal of the game.

Last time out

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 West Ham United
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 26 April

West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins (Collins 33), Reid, McCartney, Nolan, Noble, Diame, Jarvis (C.Cole 79), Carroll, Downing (J.Cole 67)
Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Armero, Vaz Te, Nocerino

Stoke City 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 26 April

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Rose (Fryers 69), Kaboul, Naughton, Dawson, Lennon (Townsend 78), Paulinho, Chadli (Sigurdsson 73), Eriksen, Adebayor, Kane
Subs not used: Friedel, Sandro, Bentaleb, Soldado
Goals: Rose 33

Previous meeting

Matt Jarvis and Modibo Maiga struck in the final ten minutes of the game to overturn a deficit given by Emmanuel Adebayor's strike and secure a famous 2-1 victory for the Hammers in the Capital One Cup fifth round.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 West Ham United
Capital One Cup Quarter-Final
Wednesday 18 December 2013

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Rose (Fryers 62), Chiriches, Lennon, Capoue, Townsend (Chadli 73), Dembele, Sigurdsson, Adebayor (Holtby 78), Defoe
Subs not used: Friedel, Eriksen, Fredericks, Soldado
Goal: Adebayor 67

West Ham United: Adrian, McCartney, Rat, O'Brien, Collins, Jarvis, Collison, Taylor, Diarra (Morrison 79), J.Cole (Diame 70), C.Cole (Maiga 65)
Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Chambers, Noble
Goals: Jarvis 80, Maiga 85

Head to head

Overall record v Tottenham Hotspur (all competitions) W 69 D 48 L 77

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th (46 points)
2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted via play-offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)

Tottenham Hotspur

2012/13 Premier League 5th (72 points)
2011/12 Premier League 4th (69 points)
2010/11 Premier League 5th (62 points)
2009/10 Premier League 4th (70 points)
2008/09 Premier League 8th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 11th (46 points)
2006/07 Premier League 5th (60 points)
2005/06 Premier League 5th (65 points)
2004/05 Premier League 9th (52 points)
2003/04 Premier League 14th (45 points)

Old boys

• Among the players who have represented both clubs are Jermain Defoe, Calum Davenport, Ilie Dumitrescu, Dave Dunmore, Matthew Etherington, Les Ferdinand, Jimmy Greaves, Fred Griffiths, Pat Holland, Chris Hughton, Bill Joyce, Bill Kaine, Frederic Kanoute, Kenny McKay, Fred Massey, Fred Milnes, John Moncur, Jimmy Neighbour, Tony Parks, Martin Peters, Sergei Rebrov, Mark Robson, Peter Shearing, Teddy Sheringham, Mauricio Taricco, Mitchell Thomas, Michael Carrick, Bobby Zamora and Scott Parker.


• Saturday's referee will be Phil Dowd.

• Dowd has taken charge of the Hammers thrice this season, presiding over 0-0 draws against Newcastle United and Swansea City, and the 3-1 home defeat to Arsenal.

• Dowd is in his 13th season as a Select Group official, having initially been promoted to the Barclays Premier League list of referees in 2001.

• Dowd began refereeing in local leagues in 1984, officiating in the Staffordshire Senior League and Midland Football Alliance. He was appointed to the Football League list of assistant referees in 1992, before joining the League's full list of referees in 1997, aged 34.

• The 51-year-old is commonly considered to be one of England's best match officials, an opinion backed by his appointments as the referee for the 2012 FA Cup and 2010 Football League Cup finals.

• Previously, Dowd was the fourth official at the 2006 FA Cup final between West Ham United and Liverpool at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

General information

• Tickets for Saturday's game have SOLD OUT.

• The central section of the District line will be closed on Saturday, although Upton Park station will be unaffected. Services will run as far as Aldgate East.

• The weather forecast for Saturday is for sunny spells, with temperature at kick-off set to be 11C (52F)

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