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Spurs Odyssey Preview - West Ham v Spurs, 05.05.17

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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             21  12   5   4   33- 20  41
Away             20   8   3   9   26- 27  27
Total (Prem)     41  20   8  13   59- 47  68
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)     41  20   8  13   59- 47  68
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     127  53  31  43  198-177 165

Last Six Premier League results:-

West Ham   -    LLWDDD

Hull       2-1   West Ham
Arsenal    3-0   West Ham
West Ham   1-0   Swansea
S'derland  2-2   West Ham
West Ham   0-0   West Ham
Stoke      0-0   West Ham

Spurs      -    WWWWWW

Burnley    0-2   Spurs
Swansea    1-3   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   Watford
Spurs      4-0   B'mouth
C. Palace  0-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Arsenal

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 2. Spurs     34 23  8  3  71-22  49   77
15. West Ham  35 10  9 16  44-59 -15   39

It's the game I've been dreading all season!

I have to make a confession. Tonight we play the game I have been dreading all season. Since Sky were awarded the rights to an additional Premier League package of 10 Friday night games, as a fan who lives 150 miles north of London (I was born and bred in Spurs territory, Hertfordshire), I have dreaded the prospect of Friday night travel to a football match, especially one being played in London. Yes, it's our first Friday night game of the season! The Westfield shopping centre must have been dreading this occasion as well, but I understand that fans moving from Stratford station to the stadium are diverted around the complex. The Metropolitan Police will have a major operation throughout the evening, and I understand a special cordon of police will be deployed to try and ensure our safety when leaving. In truth, Sky have had problems fitting in 10 matches on a Friday night this season.

If you thought I was dreading the prospect of playing West Ham away, you have another think coming! Mind you, I do face a challenge of getting away from the stadium after another 8pm kick-off (dictated by Sky), and back to Kings Cross for my late train home.

West Ham have had a nightmare season in their (sorry, in their rented) new "London Stadium". The early season was dominated by stories of fighting in the stands - often between home fans, or with stewards - as the club and the owners (London Stadium Ltd) failed to deal properly with basic stewarding and segregation issues required at a major football venue. On the football side, they failed to get past the play-off stage of The Europa League; their best player got homesick and/or just fed up with playing for them and went back to France (We've got Alli, they haaven't got Payet); they have spent most of the season in the bottom half of the table, and even now they are not mathematically safe from what would be only their third relegation from the Premier League. "The Hammers" have been absent for four Premier League seasons, one of which was the first such season in 1992-93 when they were still in the second tier.

The bad news goes on for "Hammers"' fans as top scorer Michail Antonio has a hamstring injury and is out, and in fairness, West Ham have suffered various injury problems all season. Andy Carroll has been in and out all season, which is better than his usual "being out" situation. This week he may return after a recent groin strain. If fit, Carroll is a handful for any centre-back, and did score one of the goals of this season against Crystal Palace in January. Andre Ayew, signed last summer from Swansea, spent two months out after an early season injury, but he has recently been finding the net and has now scored 5 league goals for the "Hammers". Lanzini has 7 league goals to his name (like Carroll), but he hasn't scored in the last 6 games.

West Ham's recent form has not been good. They've won just two of the last 12, whilst we have won our last 9, and 10 of our last 12 Premier League games. There is a 38 point difference between the two sides, and we'll be hoping to make it 41 tonight. As woeful as their season has been, this is West Ham's "Cup Final" and most of the 57,000 crowd will be clamouring for a win in this match more than ever.

They will remember, of course, how close they came to beating us at White Hart Lane in November. However, Spurs literally snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with two late, late goals by (who else?) Harry Kane in a 3-2 victory. Both goals were created by Son Heung-min. Firstly Harry finished off Son's cross from close range, and then in added time, he banged home a penalty after Son was fouled. Winning that game after being 2-1 down at home was almost as a good a feeling (only almost) as the March 2007 4-3, and the February 2013 3-2. Aaron Lennon played in both those games, and will be in our thoughts (and those of all decent-minded football people) after the sad news of his mental health/stress-related predicament this week.

Spurs need to be and will be wary of how much this team are fired up against us, and they also need to remember that last year's game at Upton Park ended in a 1-0 defeat, and that it is only three years ago (May 2014) that "The Hammers" celebrated three consecutive wins over us. That was all in one season too.

It's a must win game for both sides. In our case, the desire is to secure second place (one point would do that), but more importantly to maintain our interest in the title and give Chelsea a degree of pressure (and only a one point lead) before they play on Monday night.

Regarding team news, there is no significant change of message since last week. Danny Rose returns to full training next week, which should mean he will be available for selection for our last three games. I expect Mousa Dembele to start tonight, so maybe we'll see three at the back with wing backs. Whether that means a return for the apparently unsettled Kyle Walker remains to be seen. I'll go for a 2-0 win for Spurs!

This will be referee Anthony Taylor's fifth game in charge of Spurs this season. Three of those games have been 4-0 wins for Spurs, so a repeat would be most welcome! Mr Taylor has yet to take charge of a game at The London Stadium. The only times West Ham have seen this referee this season have been in away defeats at Chelsea and Leicester. Mr Taylor is kept busy in Europe and further afield and this week was one of the additional assistants in the Champions League semi-final game between Real Madrid and Atletico.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. 6 years ago on May 7th, we only managed a draw at home to Blackpool. Then on Tuesday 10th May, Peter Crouch scored an own goal to give Manchester City revenge after our Champions League qualification the previous year.

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