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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v West Ham United, 19.11.16

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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             20   8   3   9   26- 27  27
Total (Prem)     40  19   8  13   56- 45  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)     40  19   8  13   56- 45  65
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     126  52  31  43  195-175 162

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWDDDD

M'brough   1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Man City
West Brom  1-1   Spurs
B'mouth    0-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Leicester
Arsenal    1-1   Spurs

West Ham   -   LDWWLD

West Ham   0-3   S'hampton
West Ham   1-1   M'brough
C. Palace  0-1   West Ham
West Ham   1-0   S'derland
Everton    2-0   West Ham
West Ham   1-1   Stoke

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs     11  5  6  0  15-6    9   21
17. West Ham  11  3  2  6  11-20  -9   11

Let's welcome West Ham to a proper football stadium!

On Tuesday, Spurs will be playing a crucial Champions League game in Monaco. I will be travelling although I will not be dressed or sufficiently financed for the casino in Monte Carlo! The EuroPalace Online Casino is a better alternative. Before that European trip, we have to negotiate a tricky London Derby match against the team whose fans love to hate us - West Ham United.

The story of West Ham's season (on and off the pitch) so far after their move to the newly named "London Stadium" has been well documented. In fact, the off-field troubles have received far too much publicity for the likes of Messrs Gold, Sullivan and Ms Brady. Finally, matters seem to be improving, but one can't help thinking there is a hard core of nasty support, the likes of which was infamous as long ago as the seventies when the "Inter-City Gang" was around.

The fact that tomorrow's game is a tea-time kick off will probably be temptation beyond endurance for the mob element of the Claret and Blue support, who will be intent on making as much of a mess around White Hart Lane before and after tomorrow's game as they can.

I am not so naive as to suggest that Spurs do not have their own hard-core element of support, but the fact remains that of all the London Derbies this is probably the troublesome game for ordinary fans like me, and for the authorities - even more so than visits to Stamford Bridge. It is surely just as well that we will not visit The "Hammers'" rented home until next May - barring any possible FA Cup visit, of course.

So, let's welcome the visitors to a proper football stadium, which will be the site of a state of the art stadium in less than two years. Remember, whilst Daniel Levy did lead a bid to take over The Olympic Stadium, the Spurs plan to rip down the athletics stadium and replace it with a custom-made football home was clearly the right idea. Those of us who have not been to The Lane in the three weeks since the Leicester game will once again see plenty of evidence of dramatic progress being made with the new stadium.

Onto football matters and this year's visit of the "Irons" has a more familiar resemblance insofar as they are at the wrong end of the table, whilst we are still unbeaten in the Premier League, and still in the title race. Our recent form has not been good though, and it is now 6 weeks since we last won, with seven games played since then in all competitions.

West Ham's early season form (especially at their new home) was poor, with just one win in their first seven league games, but they have improved recently, without yet convincing. Perhaps their best result of the season was their League Cup fourth round win over Chelsea. Their top scorer with five league goals is Michail Antonio, often deployed as a left back, but also often turning up in the box at the other end, and often scoring with his head. Antonio scored 8 Premier League goals last season with 6 of them (plus a cup goal) after Christmas, so he's had a good year to say the least. Antonio scored the only goal in our defeat at Upton Park in March.

A fonder memory for Spurs fans is our 4-1 win in the corresponding game last year (Spurs 4 West Ham 1). The game was played this time last year too, on 22nd November. It was our biggest win over "The Hammers" in over seven years. Harry Kane was in great form, scoring two goals, making it four scoring games in succession. Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker added to the tally. Good news for Spurs fans comes in the fact that Harry Kane, and Dele Alli should be available for selection tomorrow. Mauricio Poc hettino suggested in his press conference that Alli may n eed to be preserved for thhat game on Tuesday.

Sadly it seems that Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela will not be available, as had been hoped earlier in the week. Ben Davies is also out, which puts pressure on Danny Rose, who was kept very busy with England during the International break. It will be interesting to see the Spurs formation tomorrow. Another 3-4-1-2, as seen at Arsenal, could be on the cards, and it might even be the way forward for Spurs.

Part of the explanation for West Ham's early season form lies in the enforced absence through injury of players such as summer signing Andre Ayew. Ayew was signed from Swansea, but got injured in his first game against Chelsea. He returned to face Chelsea in that League Cup win last month, and played on Sunday for Ghana. Andy Carroll played at the start of the season, but the perpetually injured man won't be back for a month yet. West Ham could have important players such as Collins and Reid back tomorrow, but arguably Slaven Bilic's worst absentee will be suspended skipper Mark Noble who hit the five bookings mark in their last game, and has to sit out this game where his genuine passion to win against Tottenham would be inspirational.

My temporary season ticket seat (I was moved to allow the work in the north-east corner) is uncomfortably close to the away section, so I cannot say with conviction that I am looking forward to the game. I do think Spurs will win to maintain pressure on the top four, but it will be close, and I'll go for 2-1. If you fancy a bet on the game, you may like to have a look at the offers on

Match referee Mike Dean is making his second visit of the season to White Hart Lane, having been in charge of our home win against Sunderland in September. Mr Dean is a familiar face, and was appointed to the select list of referees some 16 years ago. Although he had to retire from FIFA games three years ago at the age of 45, he is still refereeing high tension games in this country, having recently been in charge of both the Manchester League Cup derby and the Birmingham Championship derby match.

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