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Tottenham Hotspur Lineup: Paulinho Starts At Upton Park Despite Talk Of Chelsea Transfer

Managers Sam Allardyce and Tim Sherwood make one change apiece for Upton Park grudge match.

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Paulinho will start for Tottenham Hotspur in this afternoon’s London derby at West Ham United despite claims that he is keen to secure a summer move to Chelsea.

The Brazilian international keeps his place in the centre of midfield as head coach Tim Sherwood makes just one change to his starting XI following last weekend’s 1-0 win at Stoke City.

Gylfi Sigurdsson comes in for Nacer Chadli to form part of an attack-minded midfield four, which also includes Aaron Lennon and Christian Eriksen.

Tottenham’s bench features 21-year-old midfielder Alex Pritchard, who recently returned to White Hart Lane from a loan spell at Swindon Town, for whom he scored eight goals in 44 appearances.

Meanwhile, West Ham’s starting side also shows just one change from their last outing, which was a 1-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion – the Hammers’ fourth defeat in a row.

Matt Taylor replaces Matt Jarvis, who drops to the bench.

Spurs and West Ham have already met twice this season, with the Hammers winning both games.

Allardyce’s men thrashed their bitter rivals 3-0 at White Hart Lane in the Premier League in October, before returning to North London to secure a 2-1 victory in the League Cup in December, in what was Sherwood’s first game in charge.

West Ham: Adrian; Reid, McCartney, Tomkins, Demel; Nolan, Taylor, Noble, Downing, Diame; Carroll.

Subs: Jarvis, Armero, Vaz Te, Collins, Jaaskelainen, C Cole, Nocerino.

Tottenham: Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose; Lennon, Paulinho, Sigurdsson, Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane.

Subs: Friedel, Chiriches, Fryers, Bentaleb, Pritchard, Sandro, Soldado.

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