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Preview Pack - Spurs v West Ham - 22.10.06

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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             11   5   3   3   13- 11  18
Away             11   3   2   6   13- 16  11
Total (Prem)     22   8   5   9   26- 28  29
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)     22   8   5   9   26- 28  29
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     108  41  28  39  167-158 126
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      0-2   Everton
Man Utd    1-0   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Fulham
Liverpool  3-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   P'tsmouth
A. Villa   1-1   Spurs

West Ham

Liverpool  2-1   West Ham
West Ham   1-1   A. Villa
West Ham   0-2   Newcastle
Man City   2-0   West Ham
West Ham   0-1   Reading
P'tsmouth  2-0   West Ham

Pos         P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
14 Spurs    8  2  2  4  5-10 -5   8 
18 West Ham 8  1  2  5  6-12 -6   5

The recent history and agenda between these two sides has been well-documented since May 7th, re-visited this week in all the previews you will have read. There will be plenty of atmosphere between the two sets of fans, as Hammers' fans will have a go about "Lasagne-gate". The Irons' horde will no doubt feel they have gloating rights over Spurs, as they won that game, and also drew the corresponding game last season, thanks to that "at the death" equaliser by Anton Ferdinand.

In return, Spurs fans will taunt their visitors with the chant "We're in Europe, you're not", together with "West Ham's our feeder club", "Going down with the Watford", and all manner of other abuse! You might even hear the sound of "One Ricky Villa" and "Ossie Ardiles" to remind the Claret & Blues that Spurs still hold the copyright on the most inspiring transfer coup of the last 30 years.

It has also been well-documented how West Ham have failed to win since their still intriguing acquisition of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano took place. The Hammers drew the first game, when Tevez was introduced as a substitute, but since then, not only have West Ham lost all 6 games they have played, but they have failed to even score a goal. That run includes their eviction from the UEFA Cup, thanks to Palermo. Don't forget that The Hammers only qualified for Europe by losing the FA Cup Final.

The arrival of the Argentineans must have been unsettling for the squad.

Ex-Spur Bobby Zamora is the club's top scorer with five goals, and he was equal second highest scorer in the Premiership before this week-end's games.

At some point, of course, Alan Pardew's men are going to regain the winning habit. They and their followers probably couldn't wish for a better game in which to make that attempt, as this fixture means so much to them, whereas it is not the biggest game of the season for Spurs.

Ledley King has made very clear that he and his team are determined to exact revenge for the events of the last day of last season. Hopefully, Ledley will come through his late fitness test, which seems to be necessary for every game at the moment. Didier Zokora remains absent, due to malaria of all things, but the Spurs scorer from this game last year - Mido - is back, although he is surely likely to make the bench at least. Perhaps the only change to the starting line-up will be Aaron Lennon for Ghaly.

The veterans shown in our picture went head to head during the corresponding game last season, and will probably both start on the bench tomorrow. The lean Sheringham became the Premiership's oldest ever outfield player this season, and will get a fond reception, should he take part.

I'll predict a 2-1 for Spurs. It should be an exciting and attacking game.

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