High-flying Spurs should be too much for West Ham
West Ham will look to bounce back from last week’s FA Cup exit with a positive result at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
French winger Marc Keller is a player that must spring to mind when you think about West Ham at White Hart Lane.
He was the last player to score a winning goal for the Hammers at Spurs when he struck the second in a 2-1 win, way back in 1999.
Since then the Hammers have had a lean time against their North London neighbours. In fact the last four games there have seen them fail to register a single goal, losing 1-0, 4-0, 1-0 again and then 2-0 last season in a game where the score certainly flattered West Ham.
The Hammers may have beaten Spurs to the Olympic Stadium, but that is about the only thing they have got over them, bar the excellent 1-0 win at Upton Park earlier in the campaign.
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Spurs on their own turf are a very different prospect though.
Last week they dumped AC Milan out of the Champions League to book a quarter-final place, while they have only lost once in the league at White Hart Lane this campaign – a 1-0 defeat to Wigan of all teams, though that came way back in August.
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The shrewdness of Harry Redknapp has certainly helped their cause this season.
His capture of Rafael van der Vaart for �8million was almost a steal and the Dutchman has rewarded him with 12 goals this season, 10 of them in the Premier League.
He is certainly the one to watch, but with the likes of Roman Pavlyuchenko (10), Peter Crouch (9), former Hammer Jermain Defoe (9) and even Gareth Bale (11) if he is fit, they have plenty of options for hitting the net.
West Ham had to go through a gruelling FA Cup quarter-final at Stoke on Sunday, while Tottenham will have been resting for 10 days when Saturday comes.
They currently sit in fifth place, three points behind Chelsea in the battle for Champions League football next season and that should be incentive enough for them to battle for the victory.
So are there any positives for the Hammers as they prepare to go there?
Well, Spurs have had a couple of recent hiccups in the league. They lost 3-1 at Blackpool and then were pegged back 3-3 against Wolves, but they were both on the road, with the added distraction of the Milan games either side.
It would be nice to think that West Ham can upset the odds and pull off a surprise, but unless they call up Keller, it is looking unlikely.
Possible team: Gomes, Corluka, Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, Gallas, Lennon, Modric, Van der Vaart, Pienaar, Crouch, Defoe.
Tottenham 3 West Ham 0