Friday, April 10, 2009

Tottenham- West Ham Preview

Tottenham take on West Ham at White Hart Lane tomorrow. The first meeting this season occurred shortly after Gianfranco Zola took over the club, and Spurs emerged victorious 2-0 with the first goal in three years for Ledley King and a cracker late on by Jamie O'Hara to settle things.

Since this meeting West Ham have moved up the table steadily, currently sitting in 7th position. But Zola will have some injury concerns, with strikers Dean Ashton and Carlton Cole out with injuries, and Scott Parker is a game-time decision as well. Jonathan Spector is out with a concussion and Kieron Dyer will probably not be fit for the match either.

Tottenham have been moving up the table as of late, with last week's blip against Blackburn excluded, and we are nearing full fitness again, with only Jermain Defoe out for the match. Alan Hutton should be back in the squad for the first time since November against West Ham, which gives a boost to the defense. We will be without Wilson Palacios due to his suspension, so I expect Didier Zokora to take his spot, though Harry's positive comments about Tom Huddlestone could lead to a surprise inclusion.

The loss last weekend did not effect Spurs too much as all of the teams around us were on the wrong end of things as well. I won't look at it as an opportunity lost, but as a good weekend to have an off-day. But tomorrow needs to be different. The Hammers have been really strong in the last few months, but are still vulnerable. Tomorrow especially their strike force will be limited, and if King and Woodgate can hold their strikers in check, we should have a fighting chance.

I want to say that we're going to snatch a win and reach that 40 point promised land, but I can't be sure. I'll take a draw, which would move us to 39 points, but a win would move us closer to a European spot. But I'm just looking for a good performance from the lads.

Here is what I think the team will look like tomorrow and I will post the official lineup as soon as I have it. COYS!!!!


Corluka, Woodgate, King, BAE

Lennon, Zokora, Jenas, Modric

Bent, Keane

Bench: Cudicini, Hutton, Dawson, Huddlestone, Bentley, O'Hara, Pavlyuchenko

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