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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v West Ham, 22.02.15

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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             19   8   3   8   26- 26  27
Total (Prem)     37  18   7  12   50- 41  61
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)     37  18   7  12   50- 41  61
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     123  51  30  42  189-171 158

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs     -    WLWWWL

Spurs      5-3   Chelsea
C. Palace  2-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   S'derland
West Brom  0-3   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Arsenal
Liverpool  3-2   Spurs

West Ham  -    DDWLDD

West Ham   1-1   West Brom
Swansea    1-1   West Ham
West Ham   3-0   Hull
Liverpool  2-0   West Ham
West Ham   1-1   Man Utd
S'hampton  0-0   West Ham

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
6. Spurs     25 13  4  8  39-34   5   43 
8. West Ham  25 10  8  7  36-28   8   38

Has the West Ham bubble burst?

Tomorrow we complete the equivalent of a Premier League season of games against West Ham, since the formation of the elite English football league. It has taken this long to reach our 38th such fixture, because, of course, West Ham have not been ever-present at this level, unlike us.

We have a good record in our 37 games played so far too, collecting 61 points, which is almost enough to qualify for Europe. Not bad going for a London Derby match. Perhaps not quite good enough though, tarnished by the recent run of games when "The Hammers" actually managed three consecutive wins against us. (Not all in the Premier League though)

Spurs, happily for their travelling fans, brought that particular run to an end in dramatic style in added time in the opening game of the season at Upton Park, when Eric Dier scored a terrific winner. We've scored late winners once or twice before at The Boleyn Ground, which has caused a lot of mirth and happiness.

After some midweek depression against Fiorentina in the Europa League, Spurs fans could do with some joy tomorrow, with a convincing win hopefully on the agenda. Incidentally, West Ham last played in Europe in 2006, after losing the FA Cup Final against Liverpool. They didn't get past the first round of the old UEFA Cup, when they were beaten at home and away by Palermo.

European football must still be the objective for Sam Allardyce's team, despite their dismal 4-0 defeat at The Hawthorns last week. Most of the "Hammers" fans had left well before the end, and were baying for blood. Some complained that Allardyce wasn't trying to fire up his team from the touchline, but the game was lost with over half an hour left, and Sam took the opportunity to preserve key players for this game, with Song and Nolan amongst the players substituted.

West Ham also suffered the embarrassment of substitute Amalfitano getting himself sent off within minutes of enetering the fray for violent conduct. He'll be out for three games, but is not a regular starter anyway.

A more notable absentee with be the injury-plagued Andy Carroll, now out for the rest of the season, due to the need for knee surgery. Say what you like about Carroll, but he had been in goal-scoring form recently, with 5 league goals in his last 10 league appearances, and that Carroll-Nolan combination in the opponents' area was always a threat.

Other than Carroll, West Ham could be at full strength for this game, which is their "Cup Final" and one which the team and fans will be at their most eager. Arguably, after last week's defeat, there could not be a worst time to play "The Hammers", who will want to bounce back.

A win could see the visitors still in the hunt for a qualifying place for Europe. Deafeat could be the end of their season.

The next week is similarly pivotal for Spurs. Three bad results would leave us severely deflated, and at risk of not qualifying for Europe, although there is a good chance sixth place would be good enough to qualify for another Europa League campaign.

It's Champions League football we want, of course, and a win tomorrow could set us on the path for the top four. It would certainly boost our morale and confidence levels, although there hasn't been much wrong with either in recent games.

Pochettino rested players against Fiorentina, and will surely field his strongest team tomorrow, which will include Harry Kane, along with perhaps Ryan Mason, and Mousa Dembele.

Has the West Ham bubble burst? We all hope so, and I for one am predicting a good win for Spurs, by 3-1.

Tomorrow's match referee is Jon Moss, who has been in charge of both our games against Manchester teams this season. So that's one loss, and one draw. Let's make it a win tomorrow! Kick-off is a horrible 12 noon. Thanks BT Sport!

Hugo Lloris on Spurs' season (BT SPORT'S THE SUPPORTERS CLUB)

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

10 years ago on February 20th, Spurs drew at home to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Fifth Round.

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