West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur: Five Key Battles

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Five key battles to keep an eye on in the Premier League clash between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur this evening.

Spurs will be going all out for a win against their local rivals West Ham, as they seek to maintain their top four position with Arsenal hot on their trail.

James Tomkins v Emmanuel Adebayor

Tomkins is the sort of player that someone like Adebayor will be looking to dominate. There will be a little bit of pressure on Adebayor to produce the goods over the next few matches for Spurs because he’s failed to produce in recent Europa League ties for the club.

Winston Reid v Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale is someone West Ham should be very worried about and Winston Reid could find it very difficult to keep tabs on the Spurs winger throughout the 90 minutes. Bale is in top form at the moment which makes him one of Spurs’ main threats in this match.

Kevin Nolan v Scott Parker

This is a battle between the two old and experienced players on either side. They will both be looking to get about the pitch and kick each other up into the air. It’s not a battle which is dependant on quality, it’s more to do with who can be the disruptive influence on the opposition.

Joe Cole v Kyle Walker

Cole is not going to beat Walker for pace in a million years but he can use all of his experience to move Walker around. If he can drag him out of position and create space for others then there will be a hole down one side of the Spurs team which West Ham can use to get some crosses into the box.

Andy Carroll v Michael Dawson

Andre Villas-Boas recently revealed that he’s extremely grateful he didn’t let Dawson leave the club last summer. He’s the best chance Spurs have of staying all over Carroll like a rash, picking up the knock downs, because he won’t win every challenge, and building attacks from central defence.

What do you see as the main battles for this match?

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