Joe Cole is back at West Ham. Photo: Getty Images/metro.co.uk
Two teams with completely contrasting form meet at Upton Park on Tuesday morning (AEST), when struggling West Ham host high-flying Tottenham . Following its 2-1 defeat to relegation threatened Aston Villa last weekend, West Ham has won just one of its past six League fixtures, while Spurs haven’t lost in the top flight since December 9.
Despite sitting 11th on the Premier League table, the Hammers are in danger of being dragged into a relegation battle if they can’t reverse a horrible form slump that has seen them collect just four points from the past six matches. Sam Allardyce’s team has leaked goals during that period, conceding 14 goals but will be boosted by the return of Welsh international James Collins from a hamstring injury. The central defender was forced over just half an hour into West Ham’s 3-0 defeat at Sunderland last month, the first match with began the side’s poor run.
Spurs are still without England striker Jermaine Defoe, who is continuing his recovery from an ankle injury and joins Sandro, Younes Kaboul and Tom Huddlestone on the sidelines. Mousa Dembele is likely to continue up front after scoring the late equaliser in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Lyon that sent them through to the last 16 of the Europa League, while Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurosson will be in contention to start after coming off the bench in France.
West Ham has lost three of its last five home matches in the top flight against Tottenham, winning just once, with the other clash ending in a draw . When the teams met at White Hart Lane in November Spurs were 3-1 victors with Defoe and Gareth Bale finding the back of the net for the hosts before Andy Carroll got a late consolation for the Hammers.
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