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It's a great shame that Fredi Kanoute will be absent from tonight's exciting sell-out Carling Cup Tie, against his former employers - West Ham. The last time the two sides met, another striker scored against his old club. That was Les Ferdinand who has of course moved on again, retaining a place in Premiership football, which is more than one can say for the Irons.

Listed above you will find links to reciprocal articles by this site and West Ham Online. If you go to the West Ham Online website, you will find some rather savoury comments from 'Appy 'Ammers' fans about the mighty Spurs. Hammers do like to see us as their major enemy you see, whilst we have never been that excited by them, although I have to say personally I have always enjoyed our encounters.

Defoe will be the main threat for the visitors, but he will be missing Connolly who got an early knock at Cardiff on Saturday, where the Hammers drew 0-0. It was Cardiff that West Ham beat in the last round of the Carling Cup with a 3-2 victory, after it had looked like Cardiff would win. In the previous round Hammers beat Rushden and Diamonds. These are both games that West Ham could easily have lost as they have often suffered embarrassing Cup defeats against lowly opposition. Mind you, Cardiff are their equals now!

Spurs of course, have not been immune to Cup defeat at the hands of lesser opposition, and it was a team in Claret and Blue (Burnley) who deservedly beat us at this stage of last year's League Cup. I have fonder memories of the last Cup encounter between these two sides, when Sergei Rebrov enjoyed possibly his finest hour in Spurs colours, scoring two goals in our 3-2 FA Cup Quarter-Final victory in March 2001. One of those goals (a Ferdinand head down for Rebrov to score) was reminiscent of the old days of Gilzean and Greaves.

Anyway, enough of the past. This should be an entertaining fixture, and hopefully Spurs will feature Rohan Ricketts, and perhaps there may be room at some stage for Jonathan Blondel. Could this be Christian Ziege's comeback stage? I'm predicting 2-1 to Spurs. The Hammers can concentrate on trying to get back into the elite league, where they would face a struggle to re-establish themselves next year - IF successful in this campaign.

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