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Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             15   9   3   3   21- 11  30
Away             16   6   3   7   22- 22  21
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Total (Prem)     31  15   6  10   43- 33  51
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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)     31  15   6  10   43- 33  51
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     117  48  29  40  182-163 148
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs
 
Newcastle  1-1   Spurs
Blackburn  0-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Bolton
S'derland  1-2   Spurs
Blackpool  3-1   Spurs
Wolves     3-3   Spurs

West Ham

Everton    2-2   West Ham
Blackpool  1-3   West Ham
West Ham   0-1   B'mingham
West Brom  3-3   West Ham
West Ham   3-1   Liverpool
West Ham   3-0   Stoke

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5 Spurs     28 13  9  6  41-34   7  48
18 West Ham  29  7 10 12  36-49 -13  31
A thorn in the side may be missing

West Ham striker Frederic Piquionne has been a thorn in Spurs' side over the last year. He scored a 99th minute goal for Portsmouth in our failed FA Cup semi-final last year, and scored the winner as West Ham won their first league game of this season against us, thus gaining their first win over us since "Lasagne-Gate" in May 2006. Piquionne also scored the Hammers' goal in their Cup defeat last week at The Britannia Stadium, but there was more than a hint of handball about that goal.

It might come as a bit of a relief therefore to know that Piquionne's foot injury is making him a doubt for Saturday lunch-time's game, but West Ham have been scoring quite freely in recent league games, and from more than one source too. They did better than us at Blackpool, where Obinna scored two, and our own Robbie Keane scored on his debut. They scored five at home to Burnley in the 5th Round of the FA Cup, and three at home to Liverpool and Stoke in the league. The return to fitness and form of Thomas Hitzlsperger has played a prime role in West Ham's recent form, which gives them hope of Premier League survival. Scott Parker continues to be inspirational, both on the pitch and in the dressing room.

Anyone who thinks that a home win over this bottom three club is a "given" needs to have a reality check. Spurs' recent league form indicates that we have struggled against so-called struggling clubs, and whilst West Ham haven't beaten us much in recent years and not since April 1999 at White Hart Lane, it doesn't mean that it can't happen.

Blimey, even Frank Lampard was playing for The "Hammers" the last time they beat us at The Lane! They certainly rained on our parade, as Bill Nicholson Way was officially named that day, and the great man himself paraded on the pitch before kick-off, along with a few of his chums who included Tommy Harmer, who has also since passed away. West Ham's manager at that time was of course Harry Redknapp.

When we lost at Upton Park in September, I was feeling particularly depressed, because days before, we had been knocked out of the Carling Cup by Arsenal. I ranted a bit about our prospects of qualifying for the Champions League again, and of course this particular issue is still in doubt. One factor on our side is that 6 of our remaining 10 games are at home. We need to start amassing points now! The Hammers have some difficult games to come - at home to Man Utd, and away to Chelsea and Man City before the season ends. They will not be push-overs this week!

Robbie Keane will not be eligible for this game. The Spurs team news was not good earlier in the week when we heard that William Gallas had a scan of a perceived hamstring problem, but apparently the fears were not borne out. He may still be doubtful though. On the bright side, we might see a return for Ledley King, who was on the bench for the AC Milan game last week, but hasn't featured in a game since October 16th. It would be good to see Gareth Bale in full flow too!

With an International break on the horizon and a dearth of club football for two full weeks, Harry can pick who he wants from those who are fit at least. We'll know tomorrow of course who we will have to face in the Champions League quarter final, but for now let's concentrate on three points, please!

I've got to go for a Spurs win - perhaps by 3-1, with Defoe on the score-sheet. You can expect a few chants of "You can stick your f***ing Stratford up your a**e" too!

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