Tottenham travel to Upton Park this weekend for a fixture that has produced some unusual results this season. This game will be particularly special for Sherwood after his first game came against the Hammers, just two days after his appointment. He will be looking to enact revenge on the London rivals.
Tottenham have lost just one of the last six meetings at Upton Park (W4, L1, D1), including a 3-2 win last season which featured a last-minute winner from Gareth Bale. West Ham have beaten Tottenham at White Hart Lane twice this season. A first league victory, 3-0, on Spurs soil since 1999 in October and a 2-1 League Cup quarter-final win in December.
West Ham have not kept a clean sheet in their last 10 league matches and have lost seven of their last nine league games (W2). The Hammers had just three shots on target against West Brom last time out. Only Norwich (4) and Newcastle (3) have earned fewer points than West Ham (6) from their last eight matches. West Ham have lost the most points from winning positions this season (20); Tottenham the fewest (6). Only Hull and Fulham have a worse record against top-half opposition this season than the Hammers (W2, D3, L13). Andy Carroll has scored in both previous meetings with Tottenham as a West Ham player. However, he has not scored a league goal at Upton Park since March 2013.
Tottenham are two wins shy of equalling their best-ever Premier League points tally of 72 (set last season). Spurs ended a run of seven games without a clean sheet by beating Stoke 1-0 last time out. That win was also a first in five attempts away from White Hart Lane (L3, D1). Only Liverpool (34) have earned more points than Tottenham (33) on their travels this season. Spurs have scored 12 goals in their last four league games, West Ham have managed two. Roberto Soldado has not scored a Premier League away goal since 20 October.
This will be a difficult game for Tottenham, they do however have a very good away record under Sherwood, and with this being the final away game of the season, I expect a big performance from the Lilywhites. The team news is as followed, for West Ham, Allardyce will likely recall James Collins to partner Winston Reid in central defence after James Tomkins limped off against West Brom. Joey O’Brien has resumed training following a dislocated shoulder, but is unlikely to return. Marco Boriello completes West Ham’s injury list.
For Spurs, the list includes, Dembélé (ankle), Vertonghen (ankle), Townsend (ankle), Walker (groin) Capoue (ankle), Lamela (back).
Predicted team: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose, Paulinho, Chadli, Eriksen, Lennon, Kane, Adebayor.
Predicted score: West Ham 2-2 Tottenham