London Derby At White Hart Lane

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Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a brace against Norwich last month. Image courtesy of espnfc.com
Tottenham  welcomes London rivals West Ham  to White Hart Lane in the early hours of Monday morning (AEST), looking to maintain its unbeaten home record in the 2013/14 season. After holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw last weekend, Spurs have four wins and a draw  from five fixtures at home during the current campaign and will be confident of collecting another three points against their London rivals.

Spurs scored a 2-0  Europa League victory over Anzhi Makhachkala during the week, but coach Andre Villas-Boas is likely to make a host of changes to his side for this match after resting several of his first team players in Russia. Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado have started every Premier League game this season and are likely to return to the starting XI, while Gylfi Sigurdsson and Christian Eriksen will also be pushing for a recall after coming off the bench in Europe. Younes Kaboul won’t feature after picking up an injury against Anzhi that is expected to keep him sidelined for at least a week.

West Ham will be bidding for its first League win since the opening day of the season at White Hart Lane, with the side struggling since beating Cardiff 2-0 on August 17. With record signing Andy Carroll yet to feature since picking up a heel injury in May, the Hammers have scored just four goals in six League fixtures and are just a point outside the relegation zone. Last week’s 1-0 defeat at Hull came just four days after beating Cardiff 3-2 in the Capital One Cup and boss Sam Allardyce will be hoping his troops can rediscover that sort of form.

Tottenham won both meetings between these sides last season, claiming a 3-1  victory at this venue in November before coming from behind to win to win 3-2  at Upton Park in February.

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