West Ham United will be hoping to win away from home in the league since the first time since early December when they make the journey across London to face rivals Tottenham.
The home side saw their excellent run of form come to an end in their last Premier League outing at Liverpool, but it was still an exceptionally strong performance which epitomised how dynamic they have become in the last couple of months, and typically Harry Kane again found the net.
The defeat was a setback in Tottenham’s attempts to qualify for the Champions League, but they are still in a strong position and playing well. They will now hope that their participation in the Europa League does not become a distraction, with the second leg against Fiorentina coming up on Thursday with the tie in the balance.
After the disappointment of seeing Manchester United grab a late equaliser at Upton Park, West Ham had to hold firm in a resilient and spirited display at Southampton, earning a point despite having goalkeeper Adrian sent off, a good effort given the number of injuries they have had to cope with in recent weeks.
But it could not be sustained as they produced a very below-par showing at West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup. Manager Sam Allardyce pointed to fatigue as the Hammers were well beaten 4-0, but they should be fully refreshed as they look for their third successive win at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham have a fully-fit squad available but Mauricio Pochettino will make changes after rotating his squad for the game with Fiorentina.
New West Ham signing Nene is unlikely to feature due to a lack of match fitness. Meanwhile, James Collins, Matt Jarvis and Winston Reid are all back after injury.
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