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West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur
Monday 8 December
Referee: Chris Foy
WHUTV - Full audio commentary


* West Ham United welcome Tottenham Hotspur looking to make it four matches unbeaten after 0-0 draws at home against Portsmouth and away to Liverpool, either side of a 1-0 success at Sunderland.

* The run of three clean sheets is part of a total run of 273 minutes since Robert Green last conceded, when Louis Saha scored for Everton in the 87th minute of a 3-1 loss on Saturday 8 November.

* Manager Gianfranco Zola has another strong squad to choose from with Mark Noble, Jonathan Spector and Diego Tristan among a number of players who are looking to break into the first eleven.

* Zola's side sat 13th in the table before the weekend with 18 points, three points above Tottenham Hotspur who were in 16th.

* The Hammers are hoping to end Harry Redknapp's run of never dropping points as an opposing manager at the Boleyn Ground, in three previous visits while with Portsmouth. Redknapp has failed to win in just three of his eleven matches in charge of Spurs.

* Redknapp played 149 league games for West Ham United between 1964 and 1972, scoring seven goals, before managing the club between 1994 and 2001. His best season was in the 1998/99 campaign when the Hammers finished fifth.

* West Ham United midfielder Valon Behrami said: "The Tottenham game is important for us, important for our league position but is most important for the fans. We have been working hard for the game this week, we are only thinking about that. Against Tottenham we have to hold the level of performance we had against Liverpool, the high intensity - that is what we are trying to prepare for in training."

* West Ham United and Tottenham both face tricky tests next weekend, with Zola's men heading to Chelsea on the Sunday, the day after Tottenham welcome Manchester United.

Last time out

Monday 1 December - West Ham United 0-0 Liverpool
West Ham United: Green, Neill, Collins, Upson, Ilunga, Faubert (Boa Morte 86), Parker, Mullins, Behrami, Bellamy, Cole
Subs not used: Noble, Lastuvka, Tristan, Davenport, Collison, Di Michele

Wednesday 3 December - Watford 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur:
Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto, Zokora, Lennon, Jenas, O'Hara, Pavlyuchenko, Campbell (Bent 65)
Subs not used: Cesar, Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Gunter, Boateng
Goals: Pavlyuchenko 45 pen, Bent 76.

Team news

* Lee Bowyer remains a doubt after a knock to his hip kept him out of the trip to Anfield. The only other injury absentees are Danny Gabbidon and Dean Ashton.

* Mark Noble and Diego Tristan are both vying for selection after being among the unused substitutes against the Reds.

* Walter Lopez and Freddie Sears are among the players who did not make the bench who have been hoping to impress in training.

* Kieron Dyer is likely to play in a behind closed doors game this coming week.

* Eight players are out on loan - Jimmy Walker (Colchester United), Jordan Spence (Leyton Orient), James Tomkins (Derby County), Bondz 'Gala (MK Dons), Nigel Quashie (Birmingham City), Josh Payne (Colchester United), Kyel Reid (Blackpool) and Junior Stanislas (Southend United).

* Tottenham could be without Luka Modric (groin) and Ledley King (knee) but expect to have Jermaine Jenas back from a foot injury. Definitely out are Giovani (ankle) and Alan Hutton (foot).


* The teams last met on 9 March 2008 at White Hart Lane, when two early Dimitar Berbatov goals put Spurs on their way to a 4-0 victory, which was secured by goals from Gilberto and Darren Bent in the last six minutes.

The lineups were:
Tottenham: Robinson, Hutton, Dawson, Woodgate (Tainio 77), Chimbonda, Lennon, Zokora, Huddlestone, Malbranque (Gilberto 58), Berbatov, Keane (Bent 69)
Subs not used: Cerny, Boateng
Goals: Berbatov 8, 11, Gilberto 85, Bent 90

West Ham United: Green, Neill, Ferdinand, Spector, McCartney, Ljungberg (Pantsil 71), Parker (Noble 76), Mullins, Boa Morte, Ashton (Cole 77), Zamora
Subs not used: Wright, Solano
Sent off: Boa Morte

* Calum Davenport played 20 times in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur between August 2004 and January 2007.

* Matthew Etherington played 51 times in all competitions, scoring two goals, for Spurs between December 1999 and August 2003.

* Robert Green is the only West Ham United player to have featured in every minute of every Premier League game this season, while Matthew Upson, who could make his 200th career league start, has also started every league match.

* Heurelho Gomes is the only Spurs player to have played every minute of every league game for Tottenham this season.

Head to head (last six meetings, league unless stated)
9 March 2008 - Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 West Ham United
25 November 2007 - West Ham United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
4 March 2007 - West Ham United 3-4 Tottenham Hotspur
22 October 2006 - Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 West Ham United
7 May 2006 - West Ham United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
20 November 2005 - Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United

Overall record v Liverpool (all competitions): W 43, D 34, L 53

General information

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Weather: The forecast is for an overcast day. The temperature is not expected to get above 8C.