Tottenham Hotspur match preview





• West Ham United return to Barclays Premier League action with the visit of Tottenham Hotspur to the Boleyn Ground.

• The club will be commemorating the 20th anniversary of the passing of West Ham United and England legend Bobby Moore OBE. In addition to a minute's applause prior to kick-off, supporters in the Bobby Moore Stand are invited to take part in displaying a mosaic depicting his famous No6 shirt. A complete rundown of all the charitable activity at Monday's game is available here.   

• Monday's game will also see the culmination of 11-year-old Jonjo Heuerman's latest charitable venture, the Big Football Tag. The hugely ambitious project saw a signed captain's armband collected from all 92 of England's Football League clubs. Jonjo himself walked over every bridge in London, before meeting Sir Trevor Brooking to collect the England captain's armband at Wembley. The armbands will subsequently be auctioned for charity.

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Match stats

By the time West Ham United take to the field on Monday night, it will have been some 15 days since their 2-1 reverse at Villa Park. Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, are fresh from Thursday's Europa League success against Olympique Lyonnais, in which they were reliant upon Mousa Dembele's stoppage-time strike to see them in to the last 16.

• West Ham are bidding to make it three wins in four at home, having taken seven points from league clashes with Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City. Success on Monday evening would see Sam Allardyce's men record a seventh home win of the campaign.

• Andre Villas-Boas' men are unbeaten in ten Barclays Premier League outings, including six victories. Spurs last tasted defeat in the league at Goodison Park back on 9 December 2012.

• Tottenham Hotspur have won eight of the previous eleven meetings between the two sides, while West Ham have claimed all three points just once on the same period. What's more, the Hammers have not scored more than a single goal in any of their previous nine clashes with Spurs.

• The north Londoners are currently on course to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League. They sit fourth in the Barclays Premier League having accumulated 48 points from their 26 fixtures.

• Wales international Gareth Bale has netted seven times in his last six appearances for the club in all competitions, while he has ten goals in his last 12 Premier League outings.  

Last time out

• West Ham United's away-day woes continued with a 2-1 reverse at Villa Park, owing much to the contribution of Charles 'Zogbia. The former Wigan winger was felled by Mark Noble, allowing Christian Benteke to convert a 74th minute penalty, before curling a 20-yard free-kick past Jussi Jaaskelainen four minutes later. Though Ashley Westwood headed a Joe Cole centre past his own 'keeper late on, Villa were to hold on for a much-needed three points.

Sunday 10 February 2012
Barclays Premier League
Aston Villa 2-1 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Reid, Pogatetz, Taylor (Vaz Te 67), Noble (C Cole 76), Nolan, Diame, O'Brien (Demel 24), J Cole, Carroll.
Subs not used: Spiegel, Jarvis, O'Neil, Chamakh.
Goal: Westwood 87 (og)

Thursday 21 February 2012
UEFA Europa League
Olympique Lyonnais 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur: Friedel, Vertonghen, Gallas, Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon (Dempsey 66), Parker (Livermore 84), Bale, Holtby (Sigurdsson 74), Adebayor, Dembele.
Subs not used: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker
Goal: Dembele 90

Last meeting

• A supreme display from Jermain Defoe ensured West Ham United were to endure a forgettable afternoon at White Hart Lane. The former West Ham striker opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time with a fine solo effort, darting in off the right touchline before rifling home at the near post. Gareth Bale made it two via the inside of a post before the hour, while Defoe himself tapped home to heap more misery on the Hammers with 26 minutes still to play. Andy Carroll's towering header at least restored some pride for the visitors, though there was to be no grandstand finish.

• The teams that day were:

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Vertonghen, Dawson, Walker, Caulker, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Lennon (Dembele 79), Bale, Sandro (Livermore 86), Defoe (Sigurdsson 90)
Subs not used: Friedel, Gallas, Naughton, Carroll
Goals: Defoe 44, 64, Bale 58

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, McCartney, Tomkins, O'Brien, Nolan (Cole 68), Noble, Diame, O'Neil (Taylor 55), Carroll, Maiga (Jarvis 31)
Subs not used: Spiegel, Collins, Demel, Moncur
Goal: Carroll 82


• Monday's evening kick-off will be the 138th competitive meeting between West Ham and Tottenham. The Hammers have won 44, Tottenham have tasted victory on 58 occasions and there have been 35 draws.

• This weekend's fixture will be the 34th time the two clubs have met in the Premier League. West Ham have won nine, Tottenham have recorded 17 victories and there have been seven draws.

• West Ham's biggest Premier League win against Tottenham was a 4-1 success at White Hart Lane on 4 April 1994, with Trevor Morley netting twice, in addition to strikes from Steve Jones and Mike Marsh.

• The Hammers are still to better the 4-0 wins over Spurs in both February 1964 and September 1981. The latter saw David Cross net all four goals in a famous triumph at White Hart Lane, while in '64 Geoff Hurst, Ronnie Boyce, Johnny Byrne and John Sissons were all on target at the Boleyn Ground.

• Tottenham's biggest away win at the Boleyn Ground was a 6-1 top-flight success on 25 August 1962. Jimmy Greaves scored twice for Spurs and future Hammers manager John Lyall scored an own goal.

• Frederic Piquionne was the last West Ham player to score a winner in this fixture as he headed the game's only goal on 25 September 2010. The Hammers are therefore bidding for back-to-back home wins against Spurs, a feat they have not managed since toppling Tottenham in March 2003 and May 2006, either side of Premier League relegation.

• The very first meeting between the two clubs, saw Tottenham Hotspur run out 7-0 winners against Thames Ironworks FC on 4 November 1899 at White Hart Lane. Unsurprisingly, it remains Tottenham's biggest home win over the Hammers.

Head to Head

Last six meetings (All Barclays Premier League)

25 November 2012 - Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 West Ham United
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

Overall record

v Tottenham Hotspur (all competitions) W 44 D 35 L 58

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 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)
2002/03 Premier League 10th (50 points)


• Monday's referee will be Howard Webb.

• Webb was the man in the middle for West Ham's 1-1 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers, while he also oversaw the Hammers' goalless stalemate with Manchester City.

• Webb also officiated in the 2012 npower Championship Play-Off final at Wembley, where the Hammers beat Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley to secure promotion.

• He took charge of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final between Spain and Holland in South Africa.

• Webb began officiating in Yorkshire in 1989. He took charge of his first Barclays Premier League match as a referee in October 2003 and has since been the man-in-the-middle for a host of high-profile fixtures.

• Webb also refereed the 2005 FA Community Shield, 2006 FA Trophy final and 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, as well as taking charge of his first UEFA Champions League match in 2006. The former police officer was referee for the 2007 Carling Cup final and was selected as England's representative at Euro 2008, taking charge of the first match of the tournament between Austria and Poland and the Group D fixture between Greece and eventual champions Spain.

• Webb will be assisted by Mike Mullarkey and Simon Bennett, while Martin Atkinson is set to be the fourth official.

Team news

West Ham United

• Sam Allardyce is boosted by the return of Wales international James Collins, who has been in full training all week.

• Meanwhile, Joey O'Brien who suffered a dead leg at Aston Villa a fortnight ago joined in on Friday and could, therefore, be available for selection on Monday.

• George McCartney (knee) was also back out on the training pitch on Friday, though he is still thought to be some way off a first-team return.

• Elsewhere, Mali frontman Modibo Maiga is back from the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

Tottenham Hotspur

• Hugo Lloris is expected to return in goal, after making way for Brad Friedel against his former club Olympique Lyonnais in the Europa League.

• Jermain Defoe looks likely to miss out on Monday's London derby, having not yet fully recovered from ankle ligament damage suffered against West Bromwich Albion some three weeks ago.

• Elsewhere, Tom Huddlestone, Sandro and Younes Kaboul are all still sidelined with knee injuries.

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.

• Three-time Hammer of the Year Scott Parker made 129 appearances for West Ham United in a four-year stint at the Boleyn Ground. Parker joined Tottenham in summer 2011 in the wake of the Hammers' relegation. The all-action midfield man has turned out 46 times for Spurs to date, though he still awaits his first goal in a Tottenham shirt.

• Among the other players who have represented both clubs are David Bentley, 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

• Less than 700 tickets remain for Monday's fixture, with supporters advised to move quickly to snap up their seats. For full ticket information click here, while the Box Office is accessible here.

• Supporters should prepare for a chilly evening at the Boleyn Ground with temperatures hovering between 2-4 degrees C. There is also a threat of light rain as the evening progresses.

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