It’s London derby time at Upton Park.
Emotions will be ripe ahead of kick-off as West Ham pay tribute to their former captain Bobby Moore through a minute’s applause and the displaying of a mosaic depicting his old No6 shirt, yet it is vital the hosts remain firmly focused on the match itself. Sam Allardyce’s side are in a poor run of form and, having looked like contenders for Europe before Christmas, now find themselves peering downwards. In contrast, Tottenham are in encouraging form and will be hoping Gareth Bale can once again inspire them to victory.
Venue Upton Park, Monday 8pm
Last season n/a
Referee Howard Webb
This season’s matches 21 Y73, R2, 3.57 cards per game
Subs from Spiegel, O’Brien, Collins, Potts, Spence, Moncur, O’Neil, Collison, C Cole, Maguire, Chamakh, Driver, Lee, Jarvis, Wellington, Maïga, Vaz Tê
Doubtful Collins (hamstring), O’Brien (thigh), Potts (concussion)
Injured McCartney (knee, 2 Mar)
Form guide LWLLDL
Disciplinary record Y49 R1
Leading scorer Nolan 6
Subs from Friedel, Caulker, Gallas, Fryers, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Parrett, Carroll, Dempsey
Injured Defoe (ankle, 10 Mar), Huddlestone (knee, 10 Mar), Kaboul (knee, 10 Mar), Sandro (knee, Aug)
Form guide WWDDDW
Disciplinary record Y35 R2
Leading scorer Bale 13
Two goals from former West Ham frontman Jermain Defoe saw the Hammers lose 3-1 at White Hart Lane earlier in the season – their 11th consecutive Premier League trip to North London without a win.
The Hammers have only won one of their last 11 league games against Tottenham -1-0 in September 2010 thanks to Frederic Piquionne’s goal.
This is the 137th meeting of the two sides. Tottenham lead by 58 wins to 44.
West Ham are unbeaten in their last three Premier League home games, with wins against Swansea and Norwich and a 1-1 draw with QPR.
Six of the Hammers’ eight league wins this year have come at home, where they have earned 22 of their 30 points. They have lost their last six away games.
The last time West Ham scored more than a single goal in a league match was their 2-1 win over Norwich on New Year’s Day.
Leading scorer Kevin Nolan is one goal away from notching his 100th club goal.
Jussi Jaaskelainen could start his 500th English league game, while Sam Allardyce will take charge of his 350th
Premier League match.
Spurs are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League games and have only lost once in 14 – a 2-1 defeat at Everton on 9 December.
Tottenham are one of two Premier League clubs unbeaten in 2013 – the other is Manchester United.
Only Manchester United and Chelsea have a better away record than Spurs this year. Victory at West Ham will be a club-record eighth Premier League win on the road.
Tottenham have lost 16 points from winning positions this season, losing four and drawing two games they had previously led.
Gareth Bale has scored four goals in his last three Premier League matches, taking his overall tally for the season to 17.
Gareth Bale to score and Tottenham to win at 11/4: West Ham vs Tottenham Betting