Tottenham make the short journey across the capital on Wednesday night looking to secure their first league 'double' of the season at Upton Park. A Sol Campbell header was enough for Spurs to claim all three points in September, but George Graham's team may find the going tough at a ground where they have not tasted success for more than six years.
The Hammers will be seeking to eradicate the memory of their last home game, which ended in a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Sunderland, as West Ham continued their inconsistent run of form. The east Londoners have managed just one win in their last seven league outings and have slipped to 12th in the table as a result.
But manager Harry Redknapp has a talented squad at his disposal that is more than capable of finishing in the top six. The midfield trio of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick are all England stars in the making and each brings a different attribute to the team.
Former England under-21 skipper Lampard has fired in 31 shots at goal and scored twice, Cole has successfully completed 70% of his 84 jinking dribbles and runs, and Carrick is only one challenge short of making a century of tackles for the Hammers this season - more than any other Premiership player.
However, West Ham's playmakers will face a stern test against a determined Tottenham side that has completed a higher percentage of its passes, and that also boasts a marginally superior tackle success rate.
The big difference between the two rivals is in defence. Only five teams have conceded more goals than the Lilywhites this term, although their last two games have ended goalless, implying that there is now a degree of stability in place.
Graham has utilised Gary Doherty at the back alongside Sol Campbell and Chris Perry in recent matches and his presence has certainly helped plug the gaps. The versatile Irishman can also play as a striker but was the first to admit: "After a couple of good performances at the back I think the gaffer sees me there. I'm not going to close the door on playing up front but at the moment I want to be a defender."
It is little wonder that Doherty is preferred in this role after the former Luton player completed a staggering 29 clearances, blocks and interceptions at Goodison Park a couple of weeks ago. And this is the sort of resilience Spurs will need to display against a West Ham team that enjoy marauding forward with pace and deadly intent.
There is a history of close encounters between the two London clubs and it has been six years since either team won by more than a one-goal margin. With this in mind, surreysports.com are offering odds of 6/1 on a 1-0 home win.