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Preview Pack - West Ham v Spurs - 04.03.07

Last Year's Game - 2-1 to West Ham
Last Year's Spursometer - 58%
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 29 2005-6
Spurs lost 2-1 at Chelsea. West Ham lost 4-1 at Bolton

See the current injury list for all Premiership Teams

Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             12   6   3   3   14- 11  21
Away             11   3   2   6   13- 16  11
Total (Prem)     23   9   5   9   27- 28  32
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)     23   9   5   9   27- 28  32
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     109  42  28  39  168-158 129
Last Six Premiership results:-

West Ham

West Ham   3-3   Fulham
Newcastle  2-2   West Ham
West Ham   1-2   Liverpool
A. Villa   1-0   West Ham
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)
West Ham   0-1   Watford
Charlton   4-0   West Ham


Spurs      2-3   Newcastle
Fulham     1-1   Spurs
Spurs      0-4   Man Utd
Sheff Utd  2-1   Spurs
Everton    1-2   Spurs
Spurs      4-1   Bolton

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 9 Spurs     28 11  6 11  36-40  -4  39 
19 West Ham  28  5  5 18  18-46 -28  20

Before we all start crowing about how we are going to inflict painful defeat upon West Ham this Sunday, I thought I would remind you about a few facts:-

1. When West Ham were last relegated, at the end of the 2002-3 season, we played them at Upton Park on 1st March 2003. We lost 2-0 to a side that included Lee Bowyer (first time round), Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Trevor Sinclair, Les Ferdinand (who scored their first goal against his ex-team) and Jermain Defoe.

2. West Ham HAVE beaten Manchester United and Arsenal this season. (The trouble is they have hardly beaten anybody else. We all enjoyed Alan Pardew's antics in the face of Arsene Wenger. Pardew's Hammers also beat Charlton, Blackburn and Sheffield United at home. Alan Curbishley had a fairytale start with that 1-0 win over Man Utd in December, but sadly, under his management, the Hammers have since played 10 league games, drawn three and lost seven (that's 7), including the disastrous 6-0 at Reading and last week's delightful 4-0 at Charlton, where I thought Pardew handled victory with the utmost dignity.)

3. Spurs have yet to win an away London Derby in the Premiership this season (alright, we've only played Arsenal and Fulham so far, unless you want to include Watford). On the other hand we DID beat Fulham 4-0 in the Cup two weeks ago!

However - enough of the reasons why we might not win on Sunday! Despite West Ham's desperate need for points, Spurs should need no reminding of the need for revenge over that horrible last day of last season, when the home fans were happy to gloat over our loss and even chant for Arsenal. Some of their fans even said it was more important to beat us on the last day than it was to win the FA Cup. (They achieved their required loss at Cardiff, thanks to Steven Gerrard and his mates!). Remember how the Hammers' fans claimed gloating rights because of the marvellous signings of Tevez and Mascherano, claiming they would finish above us this season?

Poor Curbishley looked and sounded defeatist last week, and must wish he had stayed away from management. He has had the "vote of confidence", but surely cannot survive one or two more defeats. West Ham go to Blackburn after our game, and still have to face Man United away (on the last day), along with games at home to Chelsea and at The Emirates. Even West Ham fans are accepting their fate, and the best I have seen from them is the hope of a draw on Sunday.

You don't need reminding of how good Spurs' form is at the moment, and I am sure that Martin Jol's preparation will include references to the factors I mentioned above. Jermain Defoe will relish his chance to start, due to Keane's suspension, and will have every incentive to score with the same gusto as Keane and Berbatov over the last few weeks. On top of that, Spurs DO once again have a chance of UEFA qualification, with Watford on the horizon in two weeks' time.

Now then, Spurs fans, let's not gloat over the further demise of a team whose fans hate us about 100 times as much as we hate Arsenal. Let's not gloat over what a disaster the signing of the two Argentineans turned out to be. Let's not gloat over the injuries to Dean Ashton and recent signings Lucas Neill. Matthew Upson, and the absence of Danny Gabbidon. Finally, let's not gloat at the fact that their last two defeats have been against their relegation rivals.

Let's go to Upton Park with a happy and generous heart; give a cheery wave to any former Spur we might encounter, such as Calum Davenport, Teddy Sheringham, Bobby Zamora, and Matthew Etherington and then - let's give the buggers a damn good thrashing!

I'll predict 3-1 to Spurs. West Ham can't play as badly as last week, can they?

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