Fourth place Tottenham Hotspur take on London rivals West Ham United today at White Hart Lane in what is Spurs second consecutive derby match. Spurs will be looking to keep pace with their rivals at the top of the table, where a win could see them go joint top (depending on what Arsenal do). West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, brings his cellar dwelling side to the Lane in search of much needed points.
Here's how the teams will line up.
Here's our team - Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembele, Paulinho; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Defoe.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 6, 2013
Our subs - Friedel, Chiriches, Chadli, Holtby, Lamela, Sandro, Soldado. #THFC #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 6, 2013
The big things are that Jermain Defoe starts against one of his old clubs. This has to be a reward for the fine form he's shown early in the season and it is certainly justified. Kyle Naughton also gets the start today with Dany Rose nowhere to be seen. Guess he's not 90% after all. In addition, Younes Kaboul is not on the bench after suffering an injury on Thursday.
TEAM NEWS: West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Tomkins, Reid, Rat, Noble, Morrison, Nolan, Downing, Diame, Vaz Te #WHULINEUP #COYI— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) October 6, 2013
This is an interesting look for West Ham today. I'm not sure if Vaz Te will be playing as the lone striker or out wide. Without a second winger, usually Matt Jarvis, this looks more like a 4-3-3 with Kevin Nolan playing as a false nine and flanked by Stewart Downing and Vaz Te. Downing, by the way, is fully recovered from injury and will start. Other than that I can't tell you much about this West Ham side, except that a midfield of Noble, Morrison, and Diame is going to be tough to deal with.
The match kicks off at 4:00 PM local time (11:00 AM ET) from White Hart Lane. It can be seen live on NBC Premier League extra in the US and, apparently, not at all in the UK and Canada. Please don't link to illegal streams in the comments and remember the community rules.
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