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Spurs Odyssey Preview - West Ham v Spurs, 03.05.14

Last Season's Corresponding Game - West Ham 2 Spurs 3
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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             18  10   4   4   24- 15  34
Away             17   7   3   7   25- 24  24
Total (Prem)     35  17   7  11   49- 39  58
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)     35  17   7  11   49- 39  58
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     121  50  30  41  188-169 155

Last Six Premier League results:-

West Ham -  WWLLLL

West Ham   2-1   Hull
S'derland  1-2   West Ham
West Ham   1-2   Liverpool
Arsenal    3-1   West Ham
West Ham   0-1   C. Palace
West Brom  1-0   West Ham

Spurs    -  WLWDWW

Spurs      3-2   Southampton
Liverpool  4-0   Spurs
Spurs      5-1   Sunderland
West Brom  3-3   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   Fulham
Stoke      0-1   Spurs

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6. Spurs     36 20  6 10  52-49   3   66
14. West Ham  36 10  7 19  38-49 -11   37

A record we do NOT want to see broken

West Ham have never beaten Tottenham Hotspur three times in a single season. We do not want to see that record broken tomorrow.

The last time The "Hammers" beat us in three consecutive games was in 1983. On New Year's Day 1983, they beat us 3-0 at Upton Park. Then in September, 1983, they came to White Hart Lane and won 2-0. Finally, in December, 1983, they won 4-1. In 1966, the year they "won the World Cup", The "Hammers won four consecutive games against us. These are not figures we want to see repeated.

Last week, at The Hawthorns, where West Ham lost their fourth consecutive game, there were anti Sam Allardyce banners on display and similar chants to be heard. Yet, in February this year "Fat Sam" won the Barclays Premier League manager of the month award after four consecutive wins shot West Ham up the table, and seemingly out of the relegation battle.

Now they've lost seven of their last nine games, and "Hammers" fans are very disappointed with the standard of football being offered- not at cheap prices, I must add. Andy Carroll has been back in the fray for a while now, but has scored just two goals in 10 games. The Allardyce style seems to be familiar - to lump the ball in Carroll's direction, and hope for the best. Michael Dawson's presence may be enough to neutralise that threat.

Perhaps one of the reasons "Hammers" did beat us twice at White Hart Lane was because of the absence of Carroll. I still can't quite believe how we managed to lose our home league game 3-0 in October. There were elements of good fortune about the first two goals. Winston Reid scored after his shot had actually been blocked by team-mate Mark Noble. Vaz Te's second was an involuntary rebound after Lloris had saved his first effort. There was nothing lucky about Ravel Morrison's third goal, which was a solo effort after a fine run. Spurs had been chasing the game after going two down.

The League Cup defeat was another embarrassment for Spurs. It was Tim Sherwood's first game in charge, and he re-instated Adebayor, who scored to give us the lead, which was taken away after Allardyce hood-winked Sherwood by introducing some gung-ho football of his own. It was the first time this season that Spurs had played with two strikers. Sherwood's adventurous style was rewarded with subsequent league games, but has not been enough to satisfy some Spurs fans.

Mathematically, West Ham are not out of the woods yet, but it really requires Norwich and/or Sunderland to win two games, and by a considerable margin. So, the big question for West Ham fans, and their club's board is how do they plan for next season, when improvement is required. Don't forget they have an Olympic Stadium to try and fill in a couple of years time.

Tomorrow's game is of course "their Cup Final". The "Hammers" might also be inclined to try and win their last two games to stand a chance of reaching Crystal Palace's 43 points. It won't be easy for Spurs. The last time West Ham managed a league double over us was in the 1998-99 season, which we have been reviewing in our match previews this season, 15 years after the establishment of Spurs Odyssey.

For almost the last time, we will ruefully be glancing back to last season's corresponding game, and another outstanding goal by Gareth Bale. I was lucky enough to be in the direct line of fire for Gareth's winner, but the net was in the way to stop the ball knocking me out! Bale's run to the line and hugs with AVB led us to believe he was going to be playing for Spurs this season, but now he will be gracing this season's Champions League Final with Real Madrid, so I have to say good luck to him.

Spurs have a Europa League place to play for and it seems that BT Sport are picking up the scraps at this end of the season, as Sky have four games featuring the top four plus a couple of relegation candidates.

Andros Townsend became the latest Spurs victim of Stoke's tough tackling style last week, and is now a big doubt to make the World Cup squad. Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen may be fit for Spurs, but I think Dawson and Kaboul will retain their centre-back places, and that Sherwood is unlikely to significantly change the Spurs team.

Spurs need four points from their two games to secure that Europa League place. They'll be up against a vociferous crowd, and a team which will include Mark Noble who knows how important a win is to his fans. We might have to settle for just the one point tomorrow, but I have to be optimistic and go for sweet revenge with a not too convincing 2-1 win.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

15 years ago this week - On May 1st 1999, Ledley King made his Spurs debut in a 3-2 defeat at Anfield. Jamie Carragher scored an own goal!

15 years ago this week - on May 5th, 1999, I'm afraid we lost at home to Arsenal.

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