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Spurs Odyssey Preview - West Ham v Spurs - 23.08.09

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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             14   8   3   3   19- 11  27
Away             14   5   3   6   20- 20  18
Total (Prem)     28  13   6   9   39- 32  45
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)     28  13   6   9   39- 32  45
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     114  46  29  39  178-162 142

Last Six Premiership results:-

West Ham

West Ham   0-1   Chelsea
Stoke      0-1   West Ham
West Ham   0-3   Liverpool
Everton    3-1   West Ham
West Ham   2-1   M'brough
Wolves     0-2   West Ham

Spurs      1-0   West Brom
Everton    0-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Man City
Liverpool  3-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Liverpool
Hull       1-5   Spurs

Pos         P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
1 Spurs     2  2  0  0  7-2   5   6
6 West Ham  1  1  0  0  2-0   2   3
Why shouldn't Spurs carry on where they left off?

The last time West Ham even scored against us was on November 25th, 2007, at Upton Park, when Carlton Cole gave the home side a 20th minute lead that was equalised by Michael Dawson in the 66th minute. Jermain Defoe had a late penalty (poorly taken) that was pushed against the post by Robert Green.

You have to go back to "lasagne-gate" on 7th May 2006 for the Hammers' last victory over Spurs, when Defoe was once again on the score-sheet for Spurs.

Even last year, when Spurs were languishing in 17th place (West Ham were only 15th at the time), Spurs beat West Ham 2-0, with goals by Ledley King (his first for three years) and Jamie O'Hara to climb above the "Irons". This was our first win against London opposition last season, but we were to return the compliment when West Ham came to White Hart Lane and we also beat Chelsea of course.

Last season, Spurs improved their record in London Derby matches and also in games against "the top four". We made a great start to one of those records by beating Liverpool last week, and why shouldn't we carry on where we left off last season against West Ham.

Spurs beat "The Hammers" 1-0 in the pre-season Asia Trophy, and the score-line did not represent Spurs' domination in a game where Gianfranco's side did not manage to create many openings. The West Ham side will not be significantly different either. They lost Boa Morte to a nasty injury and he will be out long-term. Dean Ashton also has no return date as yet. Valon Behrami, who has not played since March, has at least two more weeks off with his injury.

"The Hammers'" team last week in their 2-0 win at Molineux was Green; Upson, Collins, Ilunga (sub Spector), Dyer (sub Stanislas), Parker, Noble, Jimenez, Faubert, Collison and Cole (sub Nouble). Whilst Noble is a danger in midfield, West Ham do seem to be short of goal power, a commodity which Spurs have in spades.

Ledley King will hopefully return in the middle, allowing Corluka to battle it out with the impressive Alan Hutton for the right back berth. Gomes is out with his groin strain, so Cudicini continues in goal, with England young International David Button recalled from his loan for perhaps a place on the bench.

It has to be Keane and Defoe starting up front, and despite the home crowd baying for Spurs' blood, for me it has to be another Spurs win tomorrow. I'll go for a 2-0.

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