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Jermain Defoe believes West Ham's current position could make it all the tougher for us when we head across to Upton Park on Sunday.

Jermain Defoe believes West Ham's current position could make it all the tougher for us when we head across to Upton Park on Sunday.The Hammers sit second from bottom of the league following last weekend's 4-0 reverse at Charlton and will be looking to put things right in front of their own fans.

"Everyone knows their situation and it hasn't been the best of seasons for them," considered the striker, who joined us from West Ham at the beginning of 2004. "In a way it could make the game harder for us because they are desperate for the points and will give everything.

"They know that if they lose against us on Sunday it could maybe be all over for them. It is a massive game for us as well because we want the points to move up the table.

"They will throw everything at us with it being a London derby and it will be good."

Jermain has been through a relegation experience with West Ham back in season 2002-03 and knows what it is like to be stuck in the bottom three.

"When you are going through it you approach games differently, you go into matches thinking you don't want to lose rather than going in thinking you are going to win.

"It is quite strange, West Ham got to the Cup final last season so they are not a bad team. They've got a lot of good players and I don't know why it has happened - they probably don't either. They are going through a hard time, but I think they have got a strong squad with good players.

"It will still be a tough game for us and we must do our stuff. People might look at the fixture and think it will be a 100 per cent three points for Spurs. It does not always turn out like that, they lost their last game 4-0 and will have to bounce back."

The fact that West Ham are at home will have a bearing, Jermain believes, because of the backing of their own fans. Despite a poor string of results, no visiting team has scored more than two goals against them in the league and Arsenal and Manchester United have suffered defeat at Upton Park this term.

"It is because of the fans, they are very good and don't deserve what has happened this season. It was tough for the fans during my time there when we got relegated, but they were great all season and probably have been this season as well.

"It is a tough place to go, but I am confident with the way we've been playing that we can go there and play well. Everyone is buzzing at the moment and hopefully we can take the points."

Jermain hopes, with Robbie Keane being absent through suspension, that he will be in the starting XI against his former club and suspects it could be a good time to come back into the side.

"I am glad because the boys are playing well and it will make it easier for me to come back in the team and play well. It will be good to really be part of it again, it makes you hungry and hopefully I will get back in there."


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