Tottenham entertain Sam Allardyce’s West Ham United at the Lane this weekend in the second London Derby in two weeks. Tottenham carry their comfortable 2-0 win over Anzhi Makhachkala into the fixture whereas the Hammers come off the back of a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of newly promoted Hull City.
This fixture has always provided the perfect balance of fan banter, good football and old fashioned rivalry however in the last few encounters it has become a lot more between the Londoners. With the controversy over the use of the ‘Y-Word’ surrounding this fixture, it has become a tale of chants rather than football, especially last season. Both sets of fans have been warned that their actions this weekend could face police repercussions with West Ham fans warned for their anti-Semitic abuse as found in last seasons White Hart Lane tie.
Tottenham however have relative success in the last few fixtures against Big Sam’s boys with only one defeat in the last five games (W3, D1, L1.) If this fixture didn’t carry the additional flavour that it does then Spurs would treat this as any other Barclays Premier League game however with their record against London teams being quite poor so far (W1, L1, D1) this season, AVB will want his boys to go out in full force against the visitors to the Lane. Although, their record in London derbies is astonishing after having won 15 and lost just two of their last 25 London derbies at home in the league. It’s so long since West Ham won at White Hart Lane that the last time that happened Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard played in claret and blue and Ian Wright scored for the Hammers in April 1999. This will be some challenge for them as Spurs have only conceded just two goals in the last 19 hours and 27 minutes of league and cup football. The Hammers have only won one of their last 12 league games against Tottenham – a 1-0 victory in September 2010 thanks to Frederic Piquionne’s goal.
Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul picked up a muscle injury on Thursday against Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League and will be absent. Danny Rose, Aaron Lennon and Etienne Capoue are not expected to return to the first-team squad until after the international break as confirmed by AVB this week. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is expected to name Joe Cole on the bench following a stint on the sidelines with injury and still have long term injured Andy Carroll unavailable.
Predicted team: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton, Paulinho, Dembélé, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Soldado.
Predicted Score: Tottenham 2-0 West Ham (Soldado & Townsend)
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