Tottenham: Etienne Capoue, Aaron Lennon & Younes Kaboul - Out
West Ham: Andy Carroll & Alou Diarra - Out; Joe Cole - Doubtful
Tottenham: Emmanuel Adebayor - Relegated to reserves by Andre Villas Boas
West Ham: None
West Ham: DLDLL
The match at White Hart Lane sees the league's joint best defence (Tottenham's) meet the league's joint worst attack (West Ham's). That is a tad harsh considering the numerous injuries West Ham have had upfront but that is how the cookie has crumbled for them and they have yet to patch themselves up yet. In fact in most matches they have played well and have been unfortunate to go down with a defeat.
Today's London derby should inspire a determined performance from the Hammers and their best chance of grinding out a result stands with Stewart Downing. Often derided for his ability to disappear from games, Downing is currently one of the very few first team attacking players who has returned back from injury and they will look to him to provide the ammunition needed.
Downing being an actual winger would West Ham become more incisive. Nonetheless, given his talents I believe it would be asking too much for Downing alone to provide ammunition to fire down a stubborn Tottenham defence. I will go out on a limb and say West Ham have enough at the back to keep Tottenham at bay, or rather Spurs will not ask enough questions. With only Jermaine Defoe as a recognised scorer in the Premier League (sorry Soldado), Spurs spurning a lot of chances and with West Ham being solid defensively, I believe they will hang on but only just.
Tottenham 0 - 0 West Ham