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Preview Pack - Spurs v West Ham - 20.11.05

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Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             10   5   2   3   12- 10  17
Away             10   3   2   5   12- 14  11
Total (Prem)     20   8   4   8   24- 25  28
Football League
Home (Div 1)     33  17   7   9   65- 51  47
Away (Div 1)     33   9   9  15   45- 54  29
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Football League
Home (Div 2)     10   4   4   2   18- 13  12
Away (Div 2)     10   3   3   4   13- 12   9
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Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Total (Prem)     20   8   4   8   24- 25  28
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     106  41  27  38  165-155 125

Last Six Premiership results:-

Great new Spurs Head to Head Records in this new publication! (Spurs Odyssey is grateful to Bredon Books Publishing for their permission to quote certain statistics from their book in the compilation of this preview)
Spurs      1-0   Fulham
Charlton   2-3   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Everton
Man Utd    1-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Arsenal
Bolton     1-0   Spurs

West Ham

West Ham   0-0   Arsenal
S'derland  1-1   West Ham
Man City   2-1   West Ham
West Ham   2-1   M'brough
Liverpool  2-0   West Ham
West Ham   1-0   West Brom

Pos           P  W  D  L  F - A GD  Pts
6  Spurs     12  5  5  2 13 - 8  6  20
9  West Ham  11  5  3  3 15 -10  5  18 

The last time Spurs played against The Hammers in Premiership action was on 1st March 2003, at Upton Park, when the home side won 2-0. One of the scorers was Les Ferdinand, and the other was Michael Carrick, scoring his one league goal for that season. Carrick scored one in the following season (in the Championship of course), and has yet to hit the mark for Tottenham, although he has been getting ever closer this season! The teams in that last meeting were:-
West Ham:- James; Johnson, Repka, Pearce, Brevett; Bowyer, Cole (Capt), Carrick, Sinclair; Ferdinand (sub Hutchison, 62), Defoe
Spurs:- Keller; Carr, Richards, King, Taricco; Davies, Bunjevcevic (sub Thatcher, 46), Anderton, Etherington (sub Acimovic, 71); Sheringham (Capt), Doherty (sub Freund, 66)

The win pulled West Ham level on points with Bolton, but still in the bottom three, where they remained, despite a fight till the end of the season, eventually marshalled by acting manager Trevor Brooking. Only Ledley King remains in the Spurs team whilst Carrick, Defoe, Sheringham and Etherington will play on opposite sides from that match.

The West Ham post mortem is probably still not over, as the East London fans must still wonder what could have been, had they retained all the talent disposed of in those recent years. Whilst Hammers' fans are as demanding as our own, when it comes to the style and quality of football played in their colours, loyalty is still very much in evidence at executive level, as Alan Pardew is only the tenth holder of the manager's position in the last 100 years.

Pardew's tenure may have been on a thin thread at times, as it took the team two years to win their way back to the top flight, but they have achieved more than most peoples' expectations so far with their top half position this season. A veteran Teddy Sheringham shares top-scorer spoils with Marlon Harewood, and both are likely to be seen this Sunday, with another ex-Spur, Bobby Zamaora likely to be on the bench.

Hammer's skipper and England under-21 star Nigel Reo-Coker is missing through injury and may be out till after Christmas. Two of his under-21 colleagues, who starred in this week's exciting two-leg affair against France, will be on opposite sides in this game - Anton Ferdinand and Michael Dawson. Look out for Yossi Benayoun, who has pace and creative skills in the West Ham midfield.

Spurs say that the injury stories about Ledley King were just a scare from the press, and that phrase can also surely be used to describe his so-called contract negotiations. Spurs need a win, and have a run of games coming up where they could really assert themselves in the top four. Despite the talent at his disposal, Martin Jol's eleven almost picks itself, with Robinson; Stalteri, Dawson, King, Lee; Tainio, Carrick, Jenas and Davids likely to be in the middle, and Defoe and Mido up front. I say Tainio on the basis that Aaron Lennon will not have recovered from his injury, but it would be a bonus if he was available, ready to rip through the Hammers' defence and inspire a convincing Spurs win!

Despite the fact that this is their big Derby game, even Hammers' fans are predicting defeat, so I won't argue with them, settling for 2-0 to Spurs. Teddy will get a rousing reception, but Matthew Etherington cannot expect the same affection, especially in the south-east corner of the ground!


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