Spurs Start Life Without Villas-Boas

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West Ham scored its first win at White Hart Lane in the league since 1999 earlier this season, and Sam Allardyce’s team will be looking to repeat the dose when it takes on strife-torn Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup on Thursday morning (AEST). Spurs sent manager Andre Villas-Boas on his way, allegedly by mutual consent after the 5-0 humiliation against Liverpool at the weekend. Technical coordinator Tim Sherwood will take charge for the first time in this match.

Allardyce is holding on to his position for the moment, but the Hammers sit just one point above the relegation zone after 16 games. The claret and blues have had their problems in front of goal, but they found their goalscoring touch against Tottenham two months ago scoring a 3-0 victory. With a Cup final in sight, the gaffer is set to start a near-full strength line-up, although skipper Kevin Nolan will miss this match due to suspension.

Spurs have a sensational home record in this competition having lost just one of their last 19 games at White Hart Lane. In contrast, the club has won just one of its last six matches in the EPL at home. Paulinho and captain Michael Dawson are both out due to suspension, although the likes of Christian Eriksen, Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches and Danny Rose could make their returns.

Their win at the Lane was the Hammers only victory in the league on the road this season, and their triumph over Burnley in the previous round of this competition is the side’s only other away win this season. Spurs’ record against fellow top-flight sides in the League Cup isn’t good; they’ve won just one of their last six games against Premier League outfits. 

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