By Tom Dowsett
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Monday night's game against Stoke City may have been a frustrating one for West Ham United, but they must have been glad that they came off the pitch at Upton Park with something rather than nothing to show for their efforts. This afternoon they face a trip to North London to take on Tottenham Hotspur in their fourth derby match of the season.
Although Avram Grant's record with West Ham left a lot to be desired, they did manage to take 4 points off their London rivals in the 2010/11 season but, they were relegated with only 7 wins and 23 points at the end of that particular campaign.
Given the Hammers result last time they played a team that had been involved in a UEFA Europa league match the previous Thursday, Sam Allardyce's side must fancy their chances of picking up something from White Hart Lane for the first time in 13 years. They have already reversed a 14 year long wait for a win at St James's Park this season, where Kevin Nolan's first away goal of the campaign secured a 1-0 win; why can't they do the same here against a side currently struggling to put any sort of run together under Andre Villas Boas?
Yossi Benayoun is still recovering from the knee injury picked up at Newcastle United, though he could be fit enough for the bench. If Matthew Taylor and Matt Jarvis are given starts, then either Modibo Maiga or Gary O'Neil will drop out, while Guy Demel and Carlton Cole are also pushing for a starting place.
Today's match kicks off at 4pm and Andre Marriner takes charge.
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