The Hammers' great rivals, Spurs are in good winning form in the Premier League. Relying on individual brilliance (see Bale's goal of the season contender) so far rather than teamwork, they have lost only once. That loss was against Wigan and it shows that Spurs has been complacent against supposedly weaker opposition (also 1-1 against the Baggies). Nevertheless, Spurs have an excellent squad and on their day, 'Arry's team can rip apart anyone. West Ham's fragile defence will have to be wary of the threat of Van der Vaart and Bale especially.
A London derby clash is exactly what Scott Parker and Mark Noble relishes. In these two determined players, West Ham have the perfect platform to try and get three points at Upton Park. After a fine showing in the Carling Cup last night, Pablo Barrera should warrant a place in the starting lineup, considering that neither Assou-Ekoto or Bale can defend.
There has been some great matches between the two sides, the most remembered of all being the 4-3 classic from the 2006/2007 season.
The Hammers were 2-0 up in that relegation threatened season before Spurs replied through Defoe and Tainio. Zamora looked to have given West Ham victory on the 85th minute only for Berbatov to curl in a freekick on the 89th minute. Late into injury time, Paul Stalteri followed up on a Defoe shot and won it for Spurs.
A combative West Ham win over a complacent-proned Spurs would bring a renewed air of optimism into the club. The prospect of the Hammers moving ahead of struggling Everton in the league table would be an excellent reward for a week of passionate football.
Come On You Irons!