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Nic Ladds 7th Dec 2008 - 17:00

Harry back again to hammer The Hammers

Harry Redknapp will be relishing a visit to his old club West Ham as he has never lost there when visiting as a manger.

Tottenham are 13/8 to continue Redknapp's excellent record at Upton Park while West Ham are also 13/8 with the draw available at 23/10.

Tottenham will be desperate to get their first London derby win this season under their belts and when these two meet goals usually come in abundance with the last two meetings between the clubs ending 4-0 and 4-3 both in Spurs' favour. For those hoping for another deluge of goals over two match goals at 5/6 will be a banker.

However Gianfranco Zola appears to have tightened up the West Ham defence with the Hammers having kept three clean sheets in a row. Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko are both more than capable of opening up the defence and are both 6/1 to find the first goal.

The Hammers' problem has been finding the back of the net and they have not scored more than one goal in a Premier League game since the end of September, a run stretching nine matches.

Craig Bellamy (6/1 for first goal) and Carlton Cole (7/1 for first goal) have struggled to score all season. Freddie Sears at 8/1 to score first has looked one of the brightest prospects for West Ham, creating a lot of chances and getting in good positions but he has just not been able to find the back of the net.

Spurs have been notoriously vulnerable at set-pieces this season which will make the likes of Matthew Upson and Lucas Neill (both 33/1 to score first) extremely dangerous when balls are being fired into the box.

Despite the goal fests of previous matches it is unlikely there will be quite as many this time around with both sides tightening up in defence and a nervy start could be on the cards as both teams are desperate for the points.

Tottenham definitely provide the bigger goal threat with the likes of David Bentley and Aaron Lennon constantly surging forward creating chances and getting plenty of long distance shots in. The duo are available at 5/1 and 6/1 respectively to find the back of the net at anytime during the match.

Both teams have been drawing around two thirds of their games at half-time this season and the likely cagey start could see the same result.

Spurs should be able to edge this encounter and Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko can be the beneficiary of the inevitable barrage of balls in from Spurs' wingers to continue Redknapp's 100 percent record against his old club.

Draw half-time/Tottenham full time - 9/2
Roman Pavlyuchenko first goal - 6/1

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