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  • November 25, 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: A. Marriner
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Tottenham - West Ham Preview: Spurs look to make progress up Premier League table

With both teams flying high in the league with just two points separating them, the London derby at White Hart Lane promises to be a tense affair between two confident teams

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

TOTTENHAM

Lloris
Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen
Dembele, Sandro
Lennon, Dempsey, Bale
Defoe

WEST HAM

Jaaskelainen
O’Brien, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney
Noble, Nolan, O’Neil, Maiga
Diame
Carroll


After his red card against Arsenal, Emmanuel Adebayor begins his three-match suspension and will probably be replaced up front by Jermain Defoe.

Following a superb man-of-the-match display against Lazio in the Europa League, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris should keep his place in goal ahead of Brad Friedel.

Mousa Dembele made his return from injury during the Europa League tie so could well feature from the off, while Scott Parker returned to light training earlier in the week. Otherwise, Spurs have no new injury concerns, so should have a strong squad to choose from.

Hammers midfielder Yossi Benayoun (knee) remains a doubt for this game, but he could be fit enough to make the bench.

After impressing on the left against Stoke, Modibo Maiga will be hopeful of keeping his place, as will Gary O’Neil.

Otherwise, West Ham have no new concerns, with Matt Jarvis (hip) also nearing a return to first-team action.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Tottenham have not lost three home games in a row in the Premier League since September 2008 under Juande Ramos.
  • Spurs have scored first in eight games this season, second only to West Brom's record of nine.
  • Hammers academy graduate Jermain Defoe has scored in four of his last seven games against his former club.
  • Spurs have won seven and lost just one of their last 10 Premier League matches against West Ham.
  • Hammers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen (pictured) has made a save approximately every 20 minutes, the fastest rate of any goalkeeper in the Premier League this season.
  • Hammers youngster Ravel Morrison, currently on loan at Birmingham City, has admitted that he is considering playing international football for Jamaica, having represented England at every youth level.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
5Jan VertonghenDefender
20Michael DawsonDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
45Steven CaulkerDefender
8Tom HuddlestoneMidfielder
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
30SandroMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
18Jermain DefoeStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
13William GallasDefender
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
19Mousa DembéléMidfielder
-Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
46Thomas CarrollMidfielder
22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
2Winston ReidDefender
3George McCartneyDefender
5James TomkinsDefender
17Joey O'BrienDefender
4Kevin NolanMidfielder
16Mark NobleMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
26Gary O'NeilMidfielder
9Andy CarrollStriker
11Modibo MaigaStriker
-Raphael SpiegelGoalkeeper
19James CollinsDefender
20Guy DemelDefender
7Matthew JarvisMidfielder
7Matthew TaylorMidfielder
-George MoncurMidfielder
9Carlton ColeStriker
Players to Watch
Mousa Dembele
Mousa Dembele
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 30
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Since arriving from Fulham in the summer, Mousa Dembele has made a crucial difference in the centre of the Spurs midfield and will need to do similar work against the Hammers. His absence with injury has been noticeable, but with his sharpness beginning to return the Belgian will hope to pick up where he left off.
Mark Noble
Mark Noble
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
For the Hammers, Mark Noble has been in impressive form this season and will need to be close to his best to overcome his counterparts in the home side. Noble has made one of the highest number of tackles in the Premier League this season and has another key role to play as he looks to play well defensively while feeding the ball forward to his team-mates.
Prediction
West Ham are flying high in the Premier League and could cause a few problems for Tottenham’s defence. However, the home side’s attacking players should be more than enough for the Hammers, especially if Gareth Bale hits form on the left.
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