Greetings, Spurs fans! Did you know, I actually love West Ham. No, really, I do! There's nothing like a spiral-cut shank of farm-raised pig from Colorado or Wyoming, slow-roasted over hardwood. So good. In fact, I'm planning on making a big pot of Rio Zape beans this weekend with a smoked western ham hock for some added flavor along with the standard mirepoix. Delicious! Wait, what?
Tottenham heads to Upton Park, home of the Hammers and, if rumors are true, a potential temporary home for Spurs once they break ground on the new Naming Rights Stadium. West Ham has been a bit of a bugaboo for Tottenham the past couple of seasons, but Spurs are hoping to nick some points off the Hammers in order to hold off Ryan Giggs' United and keep a Europa League place for next season. Meanwhile, Big Sam Allardyce is clearly using this match to position himself for the Barcelona job, should it suddenly come open this summer.
Team v West Ham - Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose; Lennon, Paulinho, Sigurdsson, Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane. #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 3, 2014
Subs v West Ham: Friedel, Chiriches, Fryers, Bentaleb, Pritchard, Sandro, Soldado. #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 3, 2014
West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) May 3, 2014
A surprise! Gylfi Sigurdsson gets the start in central midfield in what looks like Tim Sherwood's usual 4-4-2 formation. Nacer Chadli doesn't make the side, so clearly he's dead. Roberto Soldado, meanwhile, remains rooted to the bench for some reason (SHERWOOOOOOOOD!!).
Remember the rules, folks -- no links to illegal streams, keep the subject matter on-topic, no slagging off players or managers. The guideline is that you can say "John Terry is playing like s!," but you can't say "JOHN TERRY IS S!." Even if it's true. It's about decorum.