Tottenham Focus – Third place there for the taking

With Chelsea’s sterile loss in Manchester yesterday, Tottenham know that victory tonight at Upton Park will see the Lilywhites go third. No other motivation should be needed but Spurs should be eager to keep their impressive run going and head the London clubs chasing second.

Spurs are unbeaten in the league in 10, and have only lost once in 14 [in the FA Cup]. By contrast, West Ham have been struggling to put any consistent run together, taking only 12 points since the beginning of December. Their home form may be more solid, but Spurs have been impressive on the road, taking 23 points so far away from White Hart Lane.

Both teams could line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation; however the match may well be a cagey affair. West Ham are not safe from relegation and need three points, but if they push forward are likely to leave themselves open to the counter attack against which they have defended poorly this season. With the pace and the form of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, West Ham cannot afford to leave space in front of the defense. Perhaps more likely is West Ham to sit deeper, inviting Spurs to try and break them down, to press in the midfield and use the pace of the Matt Jarvis and Ricardo Vaz T

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