Ferdinand sets out for repeat

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Les Ferdinand is hoping history repeats itself when Tottenham travel to Brentford for tonight's Worthington Cup second-round first-leg tie at Griffin Park. The teams met at the same stage of the competition two years ago, with the Premiership side winning 3-2 in both legs on their way to lifting the trophy at Wembley.

Les Ferdinand is hoping history repeats itself when Tottenham travel to Brentford for tonight's Worthington Cup second-round first-leg tie at Griffin Park. The teams met at the same stage of the competition two years ago, with the Premiership side winning 3-2 in both legs on their way to lifting the trophy at Wembley.

"It's a competition we take very seriously," said the veteran striker, who played for the Bees while on loan from Queen's Park Rangers 12 years ago. "We were winners a couple of years ago and I would like to get back to a final and hopefully into Europe again. With that in mind we will be taking the game at Brentford as seriously as any other, it's important that we start well."

Brentford are set to name an unchanged side, with the on-loan pair Simon Marsh and Dean Crowe expected to continue in defence.

West Ham will have to patch up some of their injured players again for the tricky trip to Walsall. Rio Ferdinand (hip), Trevor Sinclair (groin) and Frédéric Kanouté (hamstring) have all been unable to train but were forced into action in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday. Walsall start without Darren Wrack, while Chris Marsh has Achilles problems.

Ipswich Town's new Slovenian signing Amir Karic is poised to make his debut when the Blues travel to Millwall, while the managerless Lions could welcome back defender the Ronnie Bull, who missed the draw at Brentford on Saturday.

Coventry City are poised to make three changes for the trip to Preston North End after Saturday's defeat by Arsenal. The Peruvian striker Ysrael Zuñiga, the midfielder John Eustace and the defender Gary Breen all impressed as substitutes and could now be given the full 90 minutes. The Preston striker Jon Macken is doubtful with hamstring trouble.

Fulham are likely to make several changes as they travel to Chesterfield, with the striker Paul Peschisolido, the midfielder Steve Hayward and the defender Kit Symons in line for rare starts as manager Jean Tigana shuffles his pack.

The Watford goalkeeper Espen Baardsen faces a fitness test on an ankle injury and the striker Heidur Helguson is another doubt ahead of the trip to Notts County, who have a fitness doubt over their goalkeeper Darren Ward.

Birmingham City could be without their new loan signing Gary Charles at Wycombe after he damaged a hamstring at the weekend.

Wimbledon are likely to be without the striker Marcus Gayle for the visit of Wigan to Selhurst Park after he pulled a hamstring in the weekend draw with Wolves.

Steve Walsh, Norwich City 's new signing from Leicester City, faces Blackpool at Carrow Road.

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