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Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             17  10   4   3   24- 12  34
Away             17   7   3   7   25- 24  24
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Total (Prem)     34  17   7  10   49- 36  58
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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)     34  17   7  10   49- 36  58
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     120  50  30  40  188-166 155
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs - WWLWWD

C. Palace  0-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   Swansea
Arsenal    1-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Norwich
Cardiff    0-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Chelsea

West Ham - WDLDLL

West Ham   2-0   Cardiff
Newcastle  0-0   West Ham
West Ham   0-1   Stoke
S'hampton  0-0   West Ham
West Ham   2-3   Everton
Hull       1-0   West Ham

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs     6  4  1  1   6-2    4   13
17. West Ham  6  1  2  3   4-5   -1    5

Perhaps we can be the "ID" army?

In November last year Spurs beat West Ham 3-1 with two goals by Jermain Defoe. I wrote at the head of report "He's a Yiddo, you know", thus quoting the ever popular chant amongst Spurs fans. This year for this particular Derby match, we have the pervading and ominous under-current of the Police threatening to arrest ANYONE (Spurs fans included) found using the "Y" word. Does this mean we now have to be the "ID" army, and perhaps chant "He's a Kiddo"? Doesn't sound the same, does it, and enforcement of thousands of "offending" Spurs fans will be interesting to see.

What do the police do about those people who use the "N" word towards each other to re-inforce their identity? This is not really the place for such political debate, and I'll get back to the preview.

Already in our seventh league match of the season, we face our fourth of ten London Derby matches of the season. It will be two months before we face our next local opponents at Craven Cottage. West Ham fans (famous of course for their "I'd rather be a P--- than a Jew" chant in some quarters) will be relishing this match - one of their "Cup Finals". This will be our 35th Premier League meeting (they've missed 4 seasons), and our 121st league meeting at all levels. "The Hammers" are one of those teams over which we do historically have clear superiority,winning 17 of our 34 Premier League encounters, and more matches in the other leagues as well.

It hasn't always been one-way traffic of course, but they haven't beaten us at White Hart Lane since 24th April, 1999, when the naming of Bill Nicholson Way was marred by a 2-1 defeat, with former Arsenal man Ian Wright putting The "Hammers" ahead in only the fourth minute.

West Ham have only beaten us three times in 21 attempts this century, all at Upton Park. The last time was in September 2010, and the most famous (should I say infamous?) occasion was "Lasagne-Gate". A West Ham victory then is a rare occasion and I suspect you'll be able to get long odds for a two-horse race at bwin sport on an away win on Sunday.

West Ham's form has not been good since Day One of the season, when they beat Cardiff 2-0 at Upton Park. Since then they've drawn two and lost three games, and actually only scored in one of their last five league games, when they lost 3-2 at home to Everton in a thrilling game, dominated by Leighton Baines' two free kick goals.

West Ham signed Andy Carroll on a permanent basis, but he has yet to play, and is out for another 4 or 5 weeks yet, with a foot/ankle injury. Vaz Te has scored a couple of goals for them, but they've both been in the League Cup, and he's not been starting theier Premier League games. Joe Cole scored in that opening day win, and may be fit enough for our game, but as usual, West Ham will be depending upon the inspiration and drive of Nolan coupled with the midfield skill of Noble.

One of West Ham's August signings was Stewart Downing, once an England regular, but he hasn't featured for them since May 2012, and has yet to play this season. They sign Downing, and we sign Lamela. There's a world of difference there, isn't there?

Our final record signing of the summer played 72 minutes last night in Russia, and will no doubt start from the Spurs bench for this game. I can't see the Spurs team changing radically from what has been its core so far in league games, with Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose (hopefully); Dembele, Paulinho; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson and Soldado starting the game.

I'm going to stick my neck out a bit here, and am predicting a rousing 4-0 win for Spurs, with Soldado putting a few doubters in their place with two goals. Maybe Defoe the "-iddo" will come on and score one for good measure, just to depress the visiting fans that little bit more.

Sunday's match referee will be Lee Probert.

Spurs recent record in London Derby matches.

15 years ago this week - Derby 0 Spurs 1. Sol Campbell scored for the third game in succession to give us a 1-0 away win at Pride Park. George Graham had been appointed as the new Spurs manager, but was not officially in charge for this game.

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