Tottenham match preview

Barclays Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United
White Hart Lane
Monday 28 December
Referee: Chris Foy


• West Ham United make the short trip to north London on the back of a morale-boosting 2-0 Boxing Day win against Portsmouth. The three points acquired at the Boleyn Ground moved Gianfranco Zola's side out of the bottom three.

• The game saw West Ham keep their first clean sheet since the 0-0 draw with Blackburn Rovers on 29 August.

• This will be the second league meeting between the two sides and West Ham United's first 'return' fixture of the season. Tottenham left the Boleyn Ground with a 2-1 victory on 23 August.

• West Ham have failed to win at White Hart Lane in their last nine visits to north London. The Hammers' last victory at Tottenham came in the shape of a 2-1 success on 24 April 1999. Then managed by current Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, West Ham would end the season in fifth, their record-high Premier League finish.

• The clubs also met on 29 July this year at the Barclays Asia Trophy in Beijing. Tottenham won 1-0 thanks to a Jermain Defoe strike in the 75th minute.

• This is the 115nd league meeting between the two sides. Tottenham have won 46, West Ham have won 39 and there have been 29 draws.

Last time out

Saturday 26 December
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United 2-0 Portsmouth
West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Collison, Kovac, Parker, Noble (Jimenez 16), Diamanti (Behrami 72), Franco (Nouble 90)
Subs not used: Stech, Spector, da Costa, Stanislas
Goals: Diamanti 23 (pen), Kovac 89

Saturday 26 December
Barclays Premier League
Fulham 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur: Gomes, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Corluka, Bassong (King 89), Jenas, Lennon, Kranjcar (Modric 71) , Palacios, Keane (Defoe 71) , Crouch
Subs not used: Alnwick, Huddlestone, Pavlyuchenko, Bale,

Last meeting

The two sides last met on 23 August 2009 when the north Londoners won by the odd goal in three. Carlton Cole had given the Hammers a 49th-minute lead with a stunning strike before goals from Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon settled the match in favour of the visitors. The two sides that day were -

West Ham United: Green, Faubert. Collins, Upson, Spector, Parker (Hines 84), Collison (Nouble 89), Noble, Jimenez (Kovac 78), Stanislas, Cole
Subs not used: Kurucz, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Payne
Goal: Cole 49

Tottenham Hotspur: Cudicini, Corluka, King, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Huddlestone, Modric (O'Hara 86), Keane (Crouch 80), Defoe (Naughton 90)
Subs not used: Button, Hutton, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko
Goals: Defoe 54, Lennon 79

Head to head (Premier League unless stated)

23 August 2009 - West Ham United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
11 April 2009 - Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 West Ham United
8 December 2008 - West Ham United 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
9 March 2008 - Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 West Ham United
25 November 2007 - West Ham United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
4 March 2008 - West Ham United 3-4 Tottenham Hotspur

Overall record v Tottenham Hotspur (all competitions) W 43 D 34 L 56

Next up

• West Ham United have six days to prepare before another big London derby with Tottenham Hotspur's north London rivals Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Tottenham Hotspur play host to Peterborough United in the cup the previous day.


• The match referee will be Chris Foy

• Not to be confused with the Australian actor of the same name, Foy will be taking charge of West Ham United for the fifth time this season.

• The 47-year-old official was the man in the middle for the Hammers' opening-day 2-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, the 3-1 loss at Manchester City, the 2-2 home draw with Arsenal, when he appeared as a late replacement for Steve Bennett and the 5-3 win against Burnley on 28 November.

• Foy, who was born in St Helens, Merseyside, has been a Barclays Premier League referee since 2001, having originally made the Select Group list of assistant referees in 1995.

• In 2007, Foy officiated the FA Trophy final at Wembley, before returning to the Home of Football a year later to act as fourth official for Portsmouth's FA Cup final victory over Cardiff City.

West Ham United

• West Ham have not beaten Tottenham since the last day of the 2005/06 season when they denied the Lilywhites a Champions League place with a 2-1 victory at the Boleyn Ground, and they have not won a league game at White Hart Lane since April 1999.

• West Ham's biggest away win at Tottenham came in a First Division fixture played on 2 September 1981. Then, the Hammers won 4-0 at White Hart Lane with all four goals being scored by David Cross in front of a crowd of 41,200.

• West Ham have not won a London derby in the league in their last seven attempts since prevailing 3-1 at home to Fulham in January 2009.

• The Hammers have scored all seven of the penalties they have been awarded this season, a league high.

• West Ham are without a win in any of their last eight Premier League away games.

• Hanging on to leads is crucial if the club are to pick up their second away win of the campaign. Three times they have failed to convert a two-goal lead into a win so far this season.

• The Hammers have lost six of their eight games when they have been level at half-time.

• At Christmas last season, West Ham were 17th. An impressive second-half run saw them climb the table to finish in ninth place.

• West Ham have scored 28 goals this season with eleven different scorers registering. Carlton Cole leads the way (seven), with Alessandro Diamanti (five) and Guille Franco (three) next in line. Jack Collison (two), Matthew Upson (two), Junior Stanislas (two), Manuel da Costa, Mark Noble, Luis Jimenez, Zavon Hines and Radoslav Kovac have also registered.

• Cole is West Ham's top scorer this season with seven goals in 13 league games. The England striker has scored 14 goals in 25 Premier League games since Boxing Day 2008.

• Only Robert Green has played in every league game for the club this season. He is on a run of 107 successive league appearances.

• Matthew Upson made his 300th club career appearance against Portsmouth.

• Scott Parker has been booked seven times this season, while Julien Faubert, Cole, Mark Noble and Guille Franco are each on four yellow cards.

• No side have been awarded more penalties than West Ham (seven) this season.

Tottenham Hotspur

• Tottenham have conceded only one goal in their last four Premier League encounters against West Ham.

• Tottenham claimed the double over West Ham last season for the first time since 1994/95.

• It is 15 games since Spurs drew a Premier League home match, which was a stalemate against Arsenal in February. They have won 12 and lost three (v Manchester United, Stoke City and Wolves). The last time Spurs kept four clean sheets in a row within the same season in the Premier League was in the 2000/01 season (13/1/01-10/2/01).

• They have ended the year on a losing note in two of the last three years.

• Tottenham's biggest home win over West Ham came in the first meeting between the two clubs on 4 November 1899. Spurs won 7-0 against Thames Ironworks FC at White Hart Lane.

Team news

• Valon Behrami is pushing for a starting place after a lively run out from the bench against Portsmouth. He could take the place of Mark Noble, who was forced off with a hamstring injury in that game, although Luis Jimenez will also be in the running. Carlton Cole, Kieron Dyer, Danny Gabbidon, Zavon Hines, Luis Boa Morte and Calum Davenport are also definitely unavailable.

• Cole is making good progress from his knee injury and is aiming for a January return

• Dyer is out with a hamstring problem suffered at Bolton Wanderers on 15 December.

• Gabbidon is missing with the hamstring injury picked against Chelesa.

• Hines will be absent for some time because of a knee problem but it is still too soon to know how long he will be sidelined.

 • Boa Morte (knee) and Davenport (leg) remain long-term absentees.

• Ledley King is set to start for Tottenham in place of Sebastien Bassong, who took a kick to the head against Fulham on Boxing Day.

• Top scorer Jermain Defoe could return to the Spurs side after being on the bench at Craven Cottage, while Luka Modric is pushing for a starting spot.

Old boys

• Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp made 175 appearances for West Ham between August 1965 and April 1972, scoring eight goals. Redknapp served as assistant manager under Billy Bonds before taking charge in August 1994. He remained as manager until May 2001, overseeing 327 matches.

• West Ham defender Calum Davenport made 20 appearances for Tottenham between August 2004 and January 2007, scoring one goal.

• Spurs striker Jermain Defoe came through the ranks at West Ham before scoring 29 goals in 93 league appearances between 1999 and 2004. He is in his second spell at White Hart Lane after returning in January 2009.

• Among the other players who have represented both clubs are Ilie Dumitrescu, Dave Dunmore, Matty 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, and Bobby Zamora.

General information

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Weather: Monday's forecast is for an overcast day with temperatures getting no higher than 6C.