EPL: West Ham United vs Tottenham Preview

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West Ham United vs Tottenham Preview
London, Feb 25: West Ham boss Sam Alardyce believes Tottenham are overly dependent on Welsh winger Gareth Bale, who has been playng in an advanced position lately, ahead of Monday's clash at Upton Park.

The Welsh winger has been on target for Spurs in their last three Premier League games and has 17 goals this season. Injuries to Jermaine Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor yet to hit top form, Spurs will rely on Bale to secure a place in the Champions League.

The Hammers have to double team on Bale and make life harder for him but that wouldn't be enough to restrict Spurs. Andre Villas-Boas' side have been unbeaten in their last 10 games and have lost once in 14. Spurs are still unbeaten in 2013 and have won seven games on the road.

Spurs come into this tie after securing a place in the Europa League round of 16 with a 1-1 draw at Lyon in midweek.

The last time these two sides met, Defoe scored twice to help Spurs win 3-1 at White Hart Lane. West Ham have only one of their last 11 league meetings with Spurs.

Team News

West Ham defenders James Collins and Joey O'Brien returned to training and could start against Spurs on Monday. Collins was out due to a hamstring problem while O'Brien suffered a thigh injury.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris could replace Brad Friedel after being benched for Thursday's Europa League clash. However, striker Defoe, Younes Kaboul, Sandro and Tom Huddlestone miss out due to knee injuries.

Trivia:

* this is the 137th meeting between the two sides, Spurs won 58 to West Ham's 44.

* Gareth Bale has scored four goals in his last three Premier League matches.

Probable Lineups:

West Ham United (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen-O'Brien, Reid, Collins, Pogatetz-Noble, Diame, J Cole, Taylor-Nolan, Carroll.

Tottenham (4-3-3): Lloris-Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton-Lennon, Parker, Dembele, Bale-Holtby-Adebayor.

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