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Spurs Odyssey Preview - West Ham v Spurs - 08.12.08

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Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             13   7   3   3   18- 11  24
Away             13   4   3   6   18- 20  15
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Total (Prem)     26  11   6   9   36- 32  39
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Football League
Home (Div 1)     33  17   7   9   65- 51  47
Away (Div 1)     33   9   9  15   45- 54  29
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Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
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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
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Total (Prem)     26  11   6   9   36- 32  39
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
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Grand Total     112  44  29  39  177-162 136
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Last Six Premiership results:-

West Ham

Man Utd    2-0   West Ham
M'brough   1-1   West Ham
West Ham   1-3   Everton
West Ham   0-0   P'tsmouth
S'derland  0-1   West Ham
Liverpool  0-0   West Ham

Spurs

Arsenal    4-4   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Liverpool
Man City   1-2   Spurs
Fulham     2-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   Blackburn
Spurs      0-1   Everton

Pos          P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
15 West Ham 15  5  3  7 17-22 -5  18
17 Spurs    15  4  3  8 17-21 -4  15

Can Harry keep his 100% win record as a visitor at Upton Park?

Harry Redknapp returns to his natural home territory tomorrow night at Upton Park. Born in nearby Poplar, Harry joined West Ham as a player in March 1964 on the day before his 17th birthday. Harry stayed at West Ham for over 8 years, leaving for Bournemouth in 1972, where later in life he began his career as a manager.

Redknapp the player made 170 full appearances for The Hammers, scoring just 8 goals in that time from his position on the wing. He was too young to be a part of The Hammers' early sixties success in the FA Cup and Cup Winners Cup, and left before their next piece of glory when they beat second division Fulham in 1975.

After 9 years as manager of Bournemouth, and a year's break, Harry became the boss at Upton Park between 1994 and 2001, and took The Hammers to a fifth place league finish and a brief foray into the UEFA Cup. At least Harry kept West Ham in the top flight, which other managers have failed to do since he left, re-inforcing The "Irons" status as a yo-yo club, despite "winning the World Cup" in 1966.

Harry has since managed both Portsmouth and Southampton, and made several returns to Upton Park. he will probably get a good reception, despite his new affiliation with a team the Hammers' fans love to hate.

Spurs' last game against West Ham was (for us) a highly entertaining 4-0 win in which Berbatov put us 2-0 up in the first 11 minutes. Even Gilberto got on the score-sheet that day, and Darren Bent added one for good measure in the closing stages.

Of more relevance to this fixture is the last away game (also televised) which was played in November 2007. The game followed England's elimination from Euro 2008 at the hands of Croatia, and Hammers' fans took the opportunity to vilify Spurs' England Internationals, Paul Robinson, Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent - not that the Hammers had any of their own team in the England squad at the time! The game itself ended 1-1, with Carlton Cole giving Hammers the lead, and Michael Dawson equalising with a header from a Jenas free kick.

We should not, of course, miss the opportunity to remind ourselves of the fun we had on 4th March 2007, when we scored two late goals to win a dramatic match 4-3. At the time we thought that would condemn Hammers to relegation, but of course Tevez saved them. The Tevez saga rolls on for West Ham who may yet have to find up to 30 million compensation for Sheffield United. The Hammers' Icelandic owners have hit hard times, although Hammers have just agreed a new shirt sponsorship which will be premiered in our game.

Centre back Danny Gabbidon and striker Dean Ashton are confirmed absentees for West Ham, whilst Lee Bowyer is trying to be fit for selection. The fixture computer has been unkind to The Hammers with four of their last six league games away from home. it is no surprise that they find themselves near the bottom of the form guide over those six games, whilst Spurs are in the top six (on form) over that period.

Both teams are too close to the bottom of the table that counts of course. A win for Spurs would take us above West Ham, and would provide a vital cushion against return to the bottom three, with Manchester United in town on Saturday evening. Ledley King is surely likely to play, having been rested for the Watford game, and Luka Modric may make his return after a groin injury.

A draw might be the best bet, but that man Redknapp has a 100% win record as manager of Pompey at Upton Park, so let's hope he can keep up his excellent record. A hot atmosphere is guaranteed, and I suspect that goes for an entertaining game too. I'll plump for a Spurs win.

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