Tottenham Hotspur match preview





• West Ham United travel the seven miles to Tottenham Hotspur aiming to clinch back-to-back wins on the road following success at Newcastle United nearly two weeks ago.

• Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to bounce back from a 5-2 defeat at the hands of North London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates last Saturday.

• The game will kick-off with the Hammers two points clear of Tottenham in a weekend where they could potentially go fifth in the Barclays Premier League, should other results turn in their favour.

• In contrast, Tottenham could find themselves in the bottom-half of the table should they lose to West Ham and other results go against them.

• West Ham's total of 19 points from their first 12 games equals their best return at this stage of a Premier League season, set in 2005-06.

• West Ham's biggest away win at Tottenham came on 2 September 1981, when David Cross scored all of his side's goals in a 4-0 victory.

• West Ham United and Jussi Jaaskelainen have kept the joint-most clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League this season with five. Last Monday's opponents Stoke City have also kept five clean sheets, as have Norwich City.

• Tottenham Hotspur have won seven of the previous ten meetings between the two sides. West Ham United are however unbeaten in the pervious two encounters winning 1-0 on 25 September 2010 with the reverse fixture ending 0-0 at White Hart Lane.

Team news

West Ham United

• West Ham United have been boosted by the return of winger Matt Jarvis to training this week. The club's record signing missed the home game with Stoke City with a hip injury.  Matt Taylor will also be pushing for a start after coming off the bench against Stoke City following his recovery from a back injury.

Modibo Maiga and Gary O'Neil both started that game but one or other is likely to make way should Jarvis or Taylor be handed a starting berth.

• Guy Demel and Carlton Cole were also introduced in the second half against Stoke and will have hoped to have done enough to earn a starting place.

Yossi Benayoun is set to miss out as he continues his recovery from a hip injury. Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), Alou Diarra (thigh) and Jack Collison (knee) are all definitely out.

• Stephen Henderson (Ipswich Town), Blair Turgott (Bradford City), Dan Potts (Colchester United), Paul McCallum (AFC Wimbledon), Robert Hall and Ravel Morrison (both Birmingham City) are all out on loan.

Tottenham Hotspur

• Striker Emmanuel Adebayor serves the first match of a three-game ban after being sent off against Arsenal.

Mousa Dembele is doubtful despite coming off the bench against Lazio. He midfielder is still struggling with a hip injury.

Last time out

Monday 19 November 2012
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, McCartney, Tomkins, O'Brien (Demel 77), Nolan, Noble, Diame, O'Neil, Carroll (Cole 85), Maiga (Taylor 85).
Subs not used: Spiegel, Collins, Spence, Hall.
Goal: Gary O'Neil 48

Thursday 22 November 2012
UEFA Europa League
Lazio 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton, Sigurdsson (Lennon 63), Sandro, Carroll (Dembele 76), Bale, Dempsey (Defoe 63), Adebayor.
Subs not used:Cudicini, Huddlestone, Dawson, Livermore.

Last meeting

West Ham's last visit to White Hart Lane ended in a 0-0 draw as Spurs' top four hopes suffered a setback. Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale went closest for the home side as they were denied by the crossbar on three occasions. The point moved Avram Grant's side out of the relegation zone above Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion and Blackpool and up to 15th in the table. The teams that day were:

Tottenham Hotspur: Gomes, Bale, Gallas, Dawson, Corluka (Hutton 77), Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Van der Vaart (Pavlyuchenko 71), Modric, Sandro, Defoe

West Ham United: Green, Upson, Da Costa, Bridge, Jacobsen, Parker, HitzlspergerN, Noble, O'Neil, Cole (Obinna 78), Ba.


• Saturday's lunchtime meeting will be the 137th competitive meeting between West Ham and Tottenham. The Hammers have won 44, Tottenham have tasted victory on 57 occasions and there have been 35 draws.

• This weekend's fixture will be the 33rd time the two clubs have met in the Premier League. West Ham have won nine, Tottenham have recorded 16 victories and there have been seven draws.

Head to Head

Last six meetings (All Barclays Premier League)

19 March 2011 - Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 West Ham United
25 September 2010 - West Ham United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
28 December 2009 - Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Ham United
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

Overall record

v Tottenham Hotspur (all competitions) W 44 D 35 L 57

Ten-year records

West Ham United

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)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Championship)

Tottenham Hotspur

2011/12 Premier League 3rd (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)
2002/03 Premier League 10th (50 points)


• Sunday's referee will be Andre Marriner.

• Marriner last took charge of a West Ham United game in the 2010/11 season when Stoke City visited the Boleyn Ground.

• Marriner has however crossed paths with the Hammers since as the Fourth Official in Arsenal's 3-1 win at the Boleyn Ground earlier this season.

• Birmingham-born Marriner began refereeing in 1992, progressing through the Birmingham Amateur Football League and Southern League to become a Football League assistant referee in 2000.

• He was appointed to the Football League List of Referees in 2003 before joining the Select Group in 2005. Since then he has also been added to FIFA's International List in 2009.

• Marriner will be assisted by Scott Ledger and David Bryan, the Fourth Official will be Andy Woolmer.

Old boys

• 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 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, and Bobby Zamora.

General information

• All standard tickets for this fixture have SOLD OUT.

• The nearest station to White Hart Lane is White Hart Lane station. It is only a few minutes walk away from the stadium and can be reached direct from Liverpool Street. The nearest tube station is Seven Sisters, which takes approximately 40 minutes to reach from Upton Park and is on the Victoria Line.

• The forecast for Sunday is low clouds with temperatures set to peak around 9C.