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West Ham vs Tottenham Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score
Tottenham Hotspur take on London rivals West Ham United on Monday night looking to go second in the Premier League table.
The fight for a top-four finish is on after third-placed Chelsea lost 2-0 to Manchester City on Sunday and Arsenal moved to within a single point of Spurs with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday meaning there are just two points separating third and fifth.
However Spurs can put some distance between themselves and Arsenal and move up to third with a win tonight ahead of next weekends crucial north London derby at White Hart Lane.
But the Hammers are a tough nut to crack at home and will be hoping for a victory themselves to move above Norwich and Fulham into 11th place in the table after the pair both won this weekend.
Joey O’Brien is a major doubt with a thigh injury and with fellow defender George McCartney definitely missing, manager Sam Allardyce may be forced to play Matt Taylor at left back.
James Collins may be passed fit to return to the squad after overcoming from a hamstring problem that’s kept him out for the last six games. Andy Carroll is once again expected to start up front.
Andre Villas-Boas is expected to be without striker Jermain Defoe once again as he continues to recover from an ankle knock. Emmanuel Adebayor will lead the line in his absence with Lewis Holtby likely to play in the hole ahead of Clint Dempsey.
Michael Dawson is pushing for a recall and will compete with Steven Caulkner and William Gallas for a place alongside Jan Vertonghen at the back. Younes Kaboul could make the bench after edging his way back to fitness from a serious knee injury, but Tom Huddlestone and Sandro remain out.
Hugo Lloris will return in goal after being rested for the Europa League clash with former club Lyon on Thursday.
Tottenham are in excellent form, especially away from home having not lost on the road in their last five trips. However, Upton Park will be rocking, especially given the fact today marks the 20th anniversary since the death of Hammers legend Bobby Moore and we can see the home side taking something from the game. West Ham 1-1 Tottenham
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