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Spurs Odyssey Preview - West Ham v Spurs, 02.03.16

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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             20  11   5   4   30- 18  38
Away             19   8   3   8   26- 26  27
Total (Prem)     39  19   8  12   56- 44  65
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)     39  19   8  12   56- 44  65
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     125  52  31  42  195-174 162

Last Six Premier League results:-

West Ham   -    LDWLDW

Newcastle  2-1   West Ham
West Ham   2-2   Man City
West Ham   2-0   A. Villa
S'hampton  1-0   West Ham
Norwich    2-2   West Ham
West Ham   1-0   S'derland

Spurs      -    WWWWWW

Spurs      4-1   S'derland
C. Palace  1-3   Spurs
Norwich    0-3   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   Watford
Man City   1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Swansea

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
2. Spurs     27 15  9  3  49-21  28   54
6. West Ham  27 11 10  6  41-31  10   43

The Last Time

This will be the last time we play West Ham United at the ground they have occupied since 1904 - The Boleyn Ground, Upton Park. As we all know, from August this year, bubbles will be blown at The Olympic Stadium, Stratford, which "The Hammers" are gaining on the cheap, to say the least. It's not really any use us harping on about it, because our board competed for the right to move to the home of the London olympics 2012. I expect we will still be paying exorbitant prices (60 this time) for a low grade seat in a stadium which will not be conducive to the viewing of football, with the running track having to stay for future athletic events.

I understand that a piece of "Hammers"' history - the World Cup Winners statue which stands near the ground - has been boarded up for "safety reasons". Sadly, intelligence abounds to the effect that the "Tottenham Crew" intend to make our last visit to Upton Park a memorable one. I personally hope we make it memorable for one reason only - another win for Spurs. I wonder what will happen to that particular piece of West Ham history when they move?

The last time we played here was on the first day of the 2014-15 season. (West Ham 0 Spurs 1 - 16/08/14) Eric Dier announced his arrival as a Spurs player (from the right back position) with a smashing added time winner. No less than 10 of the 18 Spurs players involved that day have moved on. Such has been the chanage and progress made at Tottenham under head coach Mauricio Pochettino. He and his team are justifiably in high spirits at the moment.

That 1-0 win brought to an end a horrible sequence of three consecutive wins by "The Hammers", all achieved in the 2013-14 season, which included an exit for Spurs from the League Cup quarter-final. "Hammers"' fans will prefer to focus on that bit of history, rather than the fact that Spurs do have supremacy over "The Irons" in both Premier League and Football League history.

We've had some memorable visits to Upton Park in the Premier League era. There have been a couple of 4-3 results. The first went to West Ham, in February 1997. Teddy Sheringham had given us a 6th minute lead before Julian Dicks and Paul Kitson made it 2-1 to the home side. Darren Anderton levelled, but John Hartson gave the "Hammers" a 3-2 advantage at half-time. David Howells made it 3-3 in the 53rd m inute, but that man Dicks scored a 71st minute winner.

The other 4-3 was a game we Spurs fans love to recall, when Paul Stalteri scored that added time winner, which we thought doomed West Ham to the drop. However, Tevez managed to lead them to survival. (West Ham 3 Spurs 4, 04/03/07)

Other games come to mind such as Les Ferdinand and Sergei Rebrov doing their best "G men" impersonation in a 3-2 FA Cup quarter-final win, and Gareth Bale's fantastic winning goal late in another 3-2 away win in February 2013.

The last time we played West Ham was, of course, at White Hart Lane, in November this season, when we won 4-1 (Spurs 4 West Ham 1, 22/11/15). That was one of five 4-1 wins we have achieved this season. The others were against Man City, Monaco, Sunderland, and most recently Colchester in the FA Cup. Harry Kane (2), Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker scored our goals.

Unlike Spurs, West Ham do still have an interest in the FA Cup, and will travel to Old Trafford for the quarter-final with 9,000 fans eager to see their side progress in the premier domestic cup competition.

The last time West Ham won a major trophy was the FA Cup in 1980, since when Spurs have won the FA Cup three times, the League Cup twice, and the UEFA Cup once. Now we go to Upton Park with a chance to go top of the league if we win, following Leicesster's draw last night at home to Tony Pulis's West Bromwich Albion. Some bookies have even made us favourites for the Premier League title, which seems a bit surprising with two tough games to come this week.

West Ham's star player is Frenchman Dimitri Payet, who was injured for our November meeting, but who is available now. Payet is top scorer with 7 league goals and two more in the FA Cup 5-1 win at Blackburn. Even Andy Carroll is fit at the moment and came close to scoring in Saturday lunch-time's 1-0 win over struggling Sunderland. The "Hammers" do still have injury problems, particularly in defence with Winston Reid, and James Tomkins unavailable. 22 year old Sam Byram, signed in January from Leeds will also be missing, suspended following his yellow card count, most of which were obtained when with Leeds. Enner Valencia is also absent.

Spurs will have Tom Carroll available, but have to wait a few days for Mousa Dembele to return. Ryan Mason came off the bench on Sunday for 15 minutes against Swansea, and I anticipate he will start beside Eric Dier. Dele Alli also faces a late test, but Pochettino still has variables for the attacking four from Lamela, Eriksen, Alli, Chadli, Son and Kane.

The West Ham pitch is a bit slow and sticky, and perhaps not conducive to Spurs' style of football. Pochettino's men are ready for the fight, and have the added incentive of a place at the top of the Premier League table for the first time this late in the season since 1964!

We'd do well to remember that the last time West Ham lost at home was in August - to Bournemouth - and that they have only lost two of their last 18 games in all competitions. That makes it a big ask for Spurs to win tonight, but I am going for my favourite 2-1 prediction, and a win for Spurs! Let's make our last time at The Boleyn Ground a memorable one!

We haven't seen match referee Andre Marriner since September when we lost at home to Arsenal in the Capital One Cup. West Ham have also only seen him once this season, when they drew 0-0 at home to Stoke in December.

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