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Spurs Odyssey Preview - West Ham v Spurs - 25.11.07

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What happened in the Premiership in Match 14 2006-07

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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             12   6   3   3   14- 11  21
Away             12   4   2   6   17- 19  14
Total (Prem)     24  10   5   9   31- 31  35
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)     24  10   5   9   31- 31  35
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     110  43  28  39  172-161 132
Last Six Premiership results:-

West Ham

West Ham   0-1   Arsenal
A. Villa   1-0   West Ham
West Ham   3-1   S'derland
P'tsmouth  0-0   West Ham
West Ham   1-1   Bolton
Derby      0-5   West Ham


Spurs      4-4   A. Villa
Liverpool  2-2   Spurs
Newcastle  3-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   Blackburn
M'brough   1-1   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   Wigan

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
10 West Ham 12  5  3  4  18-10  8  18
14 Spurs    13  2  5  6  23-24 -1  11

Last Five Corresponding games

04.03.07 - West Ham 3 Spurs 4 - How we laughed!
07.05.07 - West Ham 2 Spurs 1 - Lasagne-gate
Ahem - West Ham spent two seasons out of the Premier League at this stage
01.03.03 - West Ham 2 Spurs 0 - Carrick scored against us!
24.11.01 - West Ham 0 Spurs 1 - Spurs win to go top team in London!
31.01.01 - West Ham 0 Spurs 0 - Debut for Andy Booth!

Spurs recent record in London Derby Matches

West Ham are this week mourning the untimely passing of their former FA Cup Winning hero, Graham Paddon, who died this week aged just 57. Paddon made 146 appearances for The Hammers between 1973 and 1976, scoring 15 goals from his combative midfield position. Paddon was a member of the 1975 Cup-Winning side that beat Fulham 2-0, playing alongsside the likes of Brooking, Lampard (Senior of course!), Billy Bonds, and double goal scorer Alan Taylor. The Fulham side included Alan Mullery and the great Bobby Moore. Paddon was also a member of the West Ham team that lost to Anderlecht in the following year's Cup-Winners' Cup Final, and also played in the Norwich side that lost in the League Cup Final to Spurs in 1973.

Spurs Odyssey offers sincere condolences to the family, and friends of Graham Paddon, and we will stand in silence beside Hammers' fans, should the opportunity arise this Sunday.

Onto this Sunday's game:-

Paul Stalteri scores that magical last minute goal to seal last season's 4-3 win in March this year!

Who can forget last season's epic 4-3 win on 4th March this year? I certainly can't, and it remains one of my fondest memories of that season. I remember laughing all the way home after Spurs first came back from 2-0 down, then saw Bobby Zamora head home Tevez's free kick, before Berbatov levelled as full time approached. The excitement was to reach a crescendo for Spurs, as two unsung Spurs heroes, Lee and Stalteri had everything to do with the final goal that, at the time, looked to have condemned West Ham to Championship football. Lee made the interception inside the Spurs area, and ultimately sent Defoe away on an end to end run, chased and overtaken by Stalteri of all people, depicted above putting the final touch past the despairing Robert Green.

To their credit, West Ham then won 7 of their last 9 games, with Tevez scoring 6 of their 14 goals in those games, including the only goal on the last day at Old Trafford. Politically, many say that West Ham should have gone down because of their infringement of the rules over Tevez and Mascherano, but of course that is now just history.

Tevez and Mascherano now ply their trade successfully elsewhere, but the Hammers were busy in the summer transfer market, with the arrival of Julien Faubert from Bordeaux (injured), Kieran Dyer from Newcastle (injured), Freddie Ljungberg from the gooners (mostly injured), Craig Bellamy from Liverpool, Richard Wright from Everton, not to mention Scott Parker and Nobby Solano from Newcastle. Dyer and Faubert are long term absentees, and most of the others have been injured at some stage this season. In fact Parker may be fit for Sunday.

West Ham have accumulated so many players over the last year, and this season have suffered numerous injury problems. Their 5-0 win over Derby two weeks ago was achieved without most of the above-named and with Ljungberg staying on the bench. Lee Bowyer will miss out this week, as he had delayed a hernia op until some of his colleagues returned.

It's a bit difficult to pre-empt who will be playing for the home side, but at their best, their defence still lacks steel and class. Robbie Keane and Berbatov have been in goal-scoring form for their countries, and Defoe and Bent should return from England's disastrous week unscathed mentally. Ironically, Paul Robinson also escapes criticism from the Croatia debacle, as he wasn't even on McClaren's bench.

The latest news from Spurs Lodge is that Malbranque and Kaboul are doubtful. With King, Gardner and Rocha still missing, that may mean Chimbonda playing next to Michael Dawson and an outing at right back for Paul Stalteri! Gareth Bale was withdrawn from the Internationals, but he may be ready to return for Spurs this week. His presence could be highly impactive in front of Lee.

The game will be covered by SKY (kick-off 1.30 p.m.) and I think it should be an exciting game of at least three goals. I'll take Spurs to edge it by the odd goal and inch a little higher up the bottom half of the table.

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