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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v West Ham, 09.03.08

Last Year's Game - 1-0 to Spurs
This season's away game - 1-1
Spurs record in recent London Derby League games
This week - last year. We best Hammers 4-3!
What happened in the Premiership in Match 29 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             13   4   3   6   18- 20  15
Total (Prem)     25  10   6   9   32- 32  36
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)     25  10   6   9   32- 32  36
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     111  43  29  39  173-162 133
Last Six Premiership results:-


Chelsea    2-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   S'derland
Everton    0-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Man Utd
Derby      0-3   Spurs
B'mingham  4-1   Spurs

West Ham

West Ham   1-0   Liverpool
Wigan      1-0   West Ham
West Ham   1-1   B'mingham
Fulham     0-1   West Ham
West Ham   0-4   Chelsea
Liverpool  4-0   West Ham

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
10 West Ham 28 11  7 10  31-31  0  40   
11 Spurs    27  8  8 11  49-45  4  32
Michael Dawson celebrates the equaliser for Spurs in this season's away game. He could make his return to the team tomorrow It's a London Derby between two teams that have lost their last two games. One has conceded four goals in both those games, and lost to the losing Carling Cup Finalists at home by a 4-0 margin. The other also conceded four goals in their first game after beating those Carling Cup Finalists, and lost its UEFA Cup 4th Round first leg game to the Dutch Champions.

West Ham of course aspire to qualify for Europe through league placing this season. Last time they qualified, it was for losing the FA Cup Final, and then they got knocked out by Palermo in Round One in September, 2006.

West Ham are a yo-yo club who have a parade for winning their way back to the top flight of English Football. Whilst they do claim the title of Intertoto Cup winners in 1999, the fact is they haven't won a major trophy since 1980 (FA Cup against Arsenal), and in fact have only won 4 major trophies in their history. In fairness they are one of few British Clubs to have won a European Trophy (Cup-Winners Cup in 1964-5), and famously their fans will tell you they won the World Cup in 1966. (by the way - they've never won the League, or the League Cup either)

Those fans love to hate us so much of course - even more than any of the other London sides. Yet, we feel indifference about them, and don't understand the level of hatred that is directed towards us from East London. We DO want to win this game though - just as much as they do, and both sets of management teams know that.

Spurs' trouble is they do have to prepare for Wednesday night's crucial second leg in Holland, so whilst they will have to use the squad, there is a need to secure a few home wins before the end of the season, just to keep the bottom half pack at bay. For this game, Jermaine Jenas will surely be missing after being stretchered off against PSV on Thursday night. Ledley King will again be rested, which might give Michael Dawson his first start since suffering his injury at Derby a month ago. Younes Kaboul may replace Jonathan Woodgate, who Juande Ramos will also want to preserve for the more crucial game on Wednesday night.

Alan Hutton can and will play at right back of course, and maybe Young-Pyo Lee will return. Darren Bent may be inspired to perform against the team he turned down last summer. Many Spurs fans wish he hadn't, but he still has not had too much chance to establsh himself at Spurs. Players such as O'Hara and Taarabt might start this one, and Ramos could leave key players such as Berbatov, Malbranque and Chimbonda on the bench.

Thus the Hammers will be given more than a fighting chance tomorrow. They are already top of one league though. That's the Premier League injury list, featuring Faubert, Upson, Gabbidon, Etherington, Bowyer, Bellamy, Davenport, Quashie, Collins, Parker, and Dyer. That's not a bad line-up is it? Those closest to returning are Upson, Parker, Ethrerington, Bowyer, and even Faubert is only now a week away from playing.

The West Ham team which lost to Liverpool on Wednesday night was Green, Neill, Ferdinand, Upson (Spector 63), McCartney, Solano (Ashton 69), Noble, Mullins, Ljungberg, Boa Morte, Cole (Zamora 69). Subs Not Used: Wright, Pantsil.

We've still got a few ex-gooners to boo there then, and the Hammers will miss booing Jermain Defoe (at least until they next meet Portsmouth).

By winning the Carling Cup, Spurs have already reduced the Hammers' chances of Europe, as (assuming a top four side wins the FA Cup), sixth place would be required. I feel that is too much for the Hammers to achieve and that they will remain in no-mans-land this season. So will we, but we are already going on a European Tour!

It ought to be a high-energy game, and I cannot see it being goal-less. I am predicting a 3-1 Spurs win, but in the circumstances, no result would surprise me.

Did you know? We met West ham in Game 29 of last year's Premier League season - and won 4-3!

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