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Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             16   9   4   3   21- 11  31
Away             16   6   3   7   22- 22  21
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Total (Prem)     32  15   7  10   43- 33  52
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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)     32  15   7  10   43- 33  52
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     118  48  30  40  182-163 149
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs

Spurs      2-0   A. Villa
Spurs      2-4   Chelsea
S'hampton  1-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Wigan
Man City   2-1   Spurs
Arsenal    5-2   Spurs

West Ham

West Ham   1-3   Arsenal  
West Ham   4-1   S'hampton
Wigan      2-1   West Ham
West Ham   0-0   Man City
Newcastle  0-1   West Ham
West Ham   1-1   Stoke

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 7. West Ham 12  5  4  3  15-12   3   19 
 8. Spurs    12  5  2  5  20-21  -1   17

It's Hammer time!

Nobody, except the most ardent of Hammers' fans, would have dreamt that West Ham would be above Spurs at this time. The Hammers sit two points above us, but it could have been worse, as they only managed a draw against Stoke in the Monday night game.

There are a number of reasons for West Ham's current (temporary) superiority over Spurs. Firstly, four of their last six games have been at home, whilst Spurs have played three of their last four away, two of which have been at Manchester City and Arsenal. West Ham have played both at home, but lost against Arsenal and drew 0-0 against City.

Secondly, West Ham do not have the distraction of a European campaign, which is something of a rarity for them anyway. Sam Allardyce's team also took an early exit from the Capital One Cup, losing at home to Wigan in quite ignominious fashion by 4 goals to 1. Like us, West Ham also managed to lose in the league to Wigan, at the DW stadium, where they last lost their Premier League status in May 2011.

Sam Allardyce took over as manager at Upton Park after that relegation, and led them back to the top flight via the Play-Off Final at Wembley with a 2-1 win over Blackpool. The Hammers had been favourites for automatic promotion, but spent the last two months of the season in third place, and ended up having to do it the hard way, which they also did the last time they won promotion in May 2005.

All in all, West Ham have missed out on four seasons of Premier League football. They weren't founder members, and in addition to last season, they spent the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons "downstairs". Their last major trophy was the 1980 FA Cup, unless you count the 1999 Inter-Toto Cup, when Harry Redknapp was at the helm.

Even when they were at or near the top of the Championship last season, Hammers' fans were moaning about Allardyce's style of football on the phone-ins, but he got them back, and has given them an excellent start in their return to the Premier League. They've got some tough games to come in the next few weeks, and we'll know more about their true position in the New Year, I'm sure.

"Fat Sam"'s former charge at Bolton Kevin Nolan is doing well with his new club. He scored 12 goals in the Championship last season, and has scored five goals in 12 league games this season. In 435 league games in his career, 30 year old Nolan has scored 86 goals. This is a great return from a midfielder, and in his last 128 league games, Nolan has offered 46 of those goals. Nolan is easily West Ham's top scorer, and loan singing Andy Carroll has yet to score this season.

Another former Bolton star Jussi Jaaskelainen is holding the fort in goal, whilst former Hammer Rob Green has to settle for warming the bench at QPR. Yossi Benayoun is back (on loan) from Chelsea, having never really enjoyed the level of success he had in his first spell at Upton Park while at Liverpool and Stamford Bridge. Benayoun does have a knee injury though, and is likely to be out for this game. Senegalese Mohamed Diame joined in the summer from Wigan. There had been a rumour he might come to Spurs, but his house-hunting in the area was clearly so he could join The Hammers. Mark Noble will illustrate the desire of the East Londoners to win as much as any other member of their team.

Spurs will welcome back Mousa Dembele to Premier League action, after his substitute appearance on Thursday night in Rome. William Gallas is likely to start and Captain the side, with Vertonghen moving across to left back in place of Naughton. Jermain Defoe has to start, of course, with Adebayor suspended, and we have to pray he keeps fit during this enforced absence. Aaron Lennon will also return, after spending the first hour on the bench against Lazio.

I'm going for a good home win in this game (3-1), which would please the home fans desperate for such a win, especially over these rivals. West Ham did take four points off us in their last season in the Premier League, so we do owe them one!

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