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Spurs Odyssey Preview - West Ham v Spurs (Carabao Cup Rd 4), 31.10.18

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Full Cup history Spurs v West Ham

FA Cup        Venue Result  Scorers

1919-20   R3     H    3-0    Wilson 2, 
1925-26   R3     H    5-0    Dimmock 3, 
			     Osborne 2
1926-27   R3     A    2-3    Handley, 
1933-34   R4     H    4-1    W Evans 2 
			     Hunt 2
1938-39   R4     A    3-3    Morrison, 
          R4/R   H    1-1    Sargent
          R4/2R  *    1-2    Morrison
1955-56   R6     H    3-3    Duquemin, 
 			     Harmer (p)
          R6/R   A    2-1    Harmer, 
1958-59   R3     H    2-0    Smith, 
2000-01   R6     A    3-2    Rebrov (2)

FL Cup

1966-67   R2     A    0-1
1975-76   R4     H    0-0
          R4/R   A    2-0    Duncan, 
		    (a.e.t.) Young
1980-81   R5     A    0-1
1986-87   R5     A    1-1    C Allen
          R5/R   H    5-0    C Allen 3 (1p) 
2003-04   R3     H    1-0    Zamora
2013-14   R5     H    1-2    Adebayor
2017-18   R4     H    2-3    Sissoko, Dele

History repeats itself too often sometimes

So soon after we had to travel to The London Stadium for one of our most unpleasant away games of any season, we have to do it all over again for a Fourth Round Carabao Cup game. The club executive is probably pleased that we got an away draw, due to the delay in opening our new stadium, but there were far better draws than this available! Those in charge of Novibet Sports will be hoping for plenty of punters to back their predictions regarding the outcome of this and other games, not just in the Carabao Cup.

History has repeated itself too soon, not only regarding the venue, but also regarding the opposition at this stage of the competition. Spurs fans will not thank me for reminding them of last year's home game in the fourth round, which was, of course, played at Wembley. We were seemingly coasting at half-time with a two goal lead, but that was before Andre Ayew scored two goals and Angelo Ogbonna scored a 70th minute winning goal when he headed home Lanzini's corner. Ayew was sold back to Swansea and is currently on loan with Fenerbahce. One piece of history I would like to see repeated is a goal by Sissoko, who has not scored for Spurs since his 6th minute opener in this game. Moussa did play very well in the recent away league game, but I wonder if he will start this game after playing (and playing well) for 90 minutes on Monday night against Manchester City.

Whilst skipper Mark Noble will not be available to inspire his team, after being sent off at Leicester on Saturday, manager Manuel Pelligrini intends to field as strong a side as possible, as already this competition is looking West Ham's best chance of glory this season. He is hampered by the continuing absences of Yarmolenko, Winston Reid, Andy Carroll, Carlos Sanchez, Manuel Lanzini and of course jack Wilshere.

Premier League form and the position in the table is no guide for any game between Spurs and West Ham. Spurs are also the Premier League team that "The Hammers" have beaten more than any other in the Premier League era. Last year when they came to Wembley, they were fifth from bottom after 9 games, with 8 points, having just lost 3-0 at home to Brighton. This year they are 13th, and in better form. Last year Slaven Bilic was on borrowed time, but his team still got a win at Wembley.

We have met "The Hammers" many times down the years in both cup competitions, but only once in the last 58 years in the FA Cup. That was an away quarter-final in 2001 at Upton Park when Sergei Rebrov (2) and Gary Doherty goals secured for us an exciting 3-2 win. Harry Redknapp was the West Ham manager, and this winning game was George Graham's last match in charge of Spurs. It was also the penultimate 90 minute game for a Spurs centre-half who did not manage to complete our FA Cup semi-final that year against the club he would join later that year.

Our last away game in this competition against West Ham was in the fifth round played on January 27th 1987. That was a 1-1 draw with Clive Allen putting us ahead in the 39th minute and Tony Cottee equalising for "The Irons". Tony Cottee wrote in the recent Premier League programme how proud he was to have scored his first league goal against us for West Ham; his 100th against us for Everton, and his 200th against us for Leicester.

The 1987 replay (played the following week) was a thrashing with Clive Allen scoring a hat-trick (one from the penalty spot) and Nico Claesen plus Glenn Hoddle scoring Spurs' first two goals. Hoddle's goal didn't come till the 71st minute, so the floodgates only opened late in the game, no doubt with the "Hammers" desperately trying to get back on terms. Incidentally, we also beat West Ham 4-0 at home on Boxing Day, 1986, with Clive scoring twice in that game!

That 86-87 season was the one in which Clive Allen scored a record 49 goals for us in all competitions. Hoddle would score just three more goals for us before departing for Arsene Wenger's Monaco. Remember that in 2001 we lost to Arsenal in a semi-final after beating West Ham? Guess who we lost to in the 1987 League Cup semi-final? What we need this year is history NOT to fully repeat itself; for us to beat West Ham, then perhaps ultimately beat Arsenal in the same competition!

As suggested in my match report for the Man City game, Spurs could field a stronger side than perhaps we anticipated in the middle of this busy programme of 4 games in 9 days. Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen could start, having been late substitutions on Monday night. Son Heung-min should get a start, having stayed on the bench on Monday night. A possible team is Vorm; Aurier, Foyth, Dier, Walker-Peters; Wanyama, Winks; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Llorente.

VAR will be deployed for this game, and remember there is no extra-time, but a penalty shoot-out if the scores are level after 90 minutes. I'll back Spurs to win by the odd goal with a decent front four. The quarter-final draw takes place tonight. Let's hope we are in it!

Tonight's match referee will be Stuart Attwell, who we haven't seen in the middle since our 2-0 FA Cup Fourth Round replay win against Newport in February. In fact Mr Attwell has only refereed Spurs 6 times in 8 years.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On 27th October, 1998, Spurs beat Northampton 3-1 away in a Worthington Cup Third round game. Chris Armstrong scored twice. Northampton had actually beaten "The Hammers" on aggregate in the Second Round of that year's competition!

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