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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v West Ham - 11.04.09

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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             13   7   3   3   18- 11  24
Away             14   5   3   6   20- 20  18
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Total (Prem)     27  12   6   9   38- 32  42
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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)     27  12   6   9   38- 32  42
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     113  45  29  39  179-162 139
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs

Hull       1-2   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   M'brough
S'derland  1-1   Spurs
A. Villa   1-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   Chelsea
Blackburn  2-1   Spurs

West Ham

Bolton     2-1   West Ham
West Ham   1-0   Man City
Wigan      0-1   West Ham
West Ham   0-0   West Brom
Blackburn  1-1   West Ham
West Ham   2-0   S'derland

Pos          P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
 7 West Ham 31 12  8 11 37-35  2  44
11 Spurs    31 10  8 13 37-36  1  38
Let's have Easter fun with the Hammers!

Historically, West Ham are one of our favourite Premier League opponents - from the results perspective that is - as this is a team that we have beaten more times than been defeated in 27 games. Spurs have not lost to West Ham since "Lasagne-Gate", nearly three years ago.

There remains no love lost between the two sets of fans of course, and we are the team that Hammers' fans love to beat.

When we beat Hammers 2-0 in December, club captain Ledley King scored his first goal in three seasons. Ledley climbed to meet a high Aaron Lennon cross and his downward header beat Robert Green as it bounced above his arms. Jamie O'Hara consummated the win with a real cracker as full time approached.

Last year, in March we had sport at the expense of the Claret and Blues with one of our few decent post Carling Cup performances. Berbatov scored twice, and even Gilberto scored a good goal, before Darren Bent made it 4-0. Thus West Ham haven't even scored against us since the 1-1 draw at their place in November, 2007.

West Ham's top scorer this season, Carlton Cole will be absent, as will Collison, Behrami, Dean Ashton and Danny Gabbidon for starters. They also have doubts about Scott Parker and Robert Kovac. However, manager Gianfranco Zola has shown a lot of faith in youngsters, and has been reewarded with some good performances and results that carry West Ham closer to Europe than Spurs.

Former Spurs junior Terry Dixon, who was deemed to have no chance of recovery from two knee injuries, has been given a chance at Upton Park, although he has yet to break through to the first team squad.

Spurs will have to cope without Wilson Palacios, suspended after last week's double-booking, but Jermain Defoe is the only other known absentee, as he still on his way back to match fitness.

It looks like Didier Zokora will take the place of Palacios, but if Harry Redknapp wants to be adventurous there might be room for Huddlestone to start as well as Pavlyuchenko, instead of Bent. Spurs ought to have the freedom to attack for the first time in 5 games. That was when we beat Middlesbrough 4-0, and Pav scored one of Spurs early goals. Another option would be to play "Charlie" Corluka in the middle and allow Alan Hutton back into the right back slot. Stop Press As Hutton played 90 minutes of a Reserve game last night (Thursday), this is now unlikely.

Once upon a time, Easter used to herald two games for all clubs, but the Champions League has taken precedence over our fixture list now, and Premier League fans will have to be satisfied with the one game.

This match could be a watershed for Spurs. Victory would leave them in the hunt for seventh place, whereas anything less will probably mean the remainder of the season in limbo, seeking the one win to ensure safety. I'll back Spurs to have fun and give us another win - 3-1.

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