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Spurs Odyssey Preview - West Ham v Spurs, 23.09.17

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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             21   8   3  10   26- 28  27
Total (Prem)     42  20   8  14   59- 48  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)     42  20   8  14   59- 48  68
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     128  53  31  44  198-178 165

Last Six Premier League results:-

West Ham    -    WLLLWD

Burnley    1-2   West Ham
Man Utd    4-0   West Ham
S'hampton  3-2   West Ham
Newcastle  3-0   West Ham
West Ham   2-0   H'dsfield
West Brom  0-0   West Ham

Spurs       -    WWLDWD

Hull       1-7   Spurs
Newcastle  0-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   Chelsea
Spurs      1-1   Burnley
Everton    0-3   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Swansea

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs     5  2  2  1   7-3    4    8
17. West Ham  5  1  1  3   4-10  -6    4

Here's one we can all look forward to!

After all the apathy of the midweek Carabao Cup games which drew just 23,826 to Wembley and 35,806 to The London Stadium, here is a game which will surely sell out with plenty of home and away fans clamouring for tickets!

Earlier in the week, I published an article entitled Wembley or London Stadium? A comparison between the two, which suggested that The London Stadium is better for the fans for several reasons, including the fact that West Ham fans have not had to travel so far to their new home. Spurs' new home is temporary, of course, and a proper comparision would be next year when the new White Hart Lane will open its portals. A lot of Spurs fans were dissuaded from attending the Barnsley game because of the "Wembley Factor" - the need to travel half-way across London to see their team. Wembley, and the new Tottenham Stadium, are properly built for football, but West Ham fans, and their visitors just have to get on with the part-adaptation of an athletics stadium.

Because of this summer's World Athletics Championships and the contractual commitment for them to be hosted at the new West Ham ground, Slaven Bilic's side had to play their first three Premier League games away, which cost them dearly with convincing defeats at Old Trafford and St. James' Park, with a closer defeat at Southampton. At last they got to play at home on 11th September, when they managed their first win - against Huddersfield - with a heavily deflected goal by Obiang, and a scrambled goalmouth strike by Andre Ayew. Obiang nearly scored a genuinely great goal last week in the 0-0 draw at The Hawthorns when his effort from near the half-way line beat Foster and hit the bar. Now Obiang is described as a "major doubt" for tomorrow's game due to a muscular injury sustained last week. The "Hammers" are also currently missing central defender James Collins (ankle) and the styish Lanzini, who has a knee injury.

After this week's Carabao Cup Fourth Round draw, in which we were first out of the hat (or bag) and West Ham were second, all the gags about "The Hammers" getting two Cup Finals at Wembley this season were rolled out. The fact of the matter is that their matches against Spurs are the biggest in West Ham's calendar, and on that basis, you can almost put recent form out of the window.

It is a fact that the only reason the "Hammers" are out of the bottom three is because Everton lost 4-0 at Old Trafford last Sunday, allowing the East London side to climb above them on goal difference.

On the transfer front more players went out than came in this summer, and Messrs Sullivan and Gold were in the news for disparaging reasons after comments by the Sporting Lisbon President over West Ham's alleged attempt to strike a deal and sign midfielder William Carvalho. I'll say no more about that here, but you all know the word that was associated with the former leaders of the "Private" empire.

West Ham have got Javier Hernandez though, from Bayer Leverkusen, who we met in European competition last year, along with veteran Pablo Zabaleta from Man City, and Marko Arnautovic. I used to rate Arnautovic, but I thought he had some dodgy games for Stoke last season. Perhaps he already knew he would be on the move, and West Ham will be hopeful he will be giving his all in the claret and blue. He didn't make a great start, getting sent off at Southampton, but he has served his ban now, and will feature tomorrow, after playing 90 minutes against Bolton. Goalkeeper Joe Hart is still on Man City's books, but after a year in Italy with Torino, he is now on loan with West Ham. The clean sheet against Huddersfield was his first at club level since January.

Spurs are on a run of great away form, having won 4 consecutive games, usually convincingly too. Their last away defeat was at The London Stadium in May and we don't want a repeat of that. West Ham will surely have to come at us a bit in front of their eager fans, which should leave openings for a potentially rampant Spurs. Once again Mauricio Pochettino has to make do without Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela. The manager says he will make a late decision regarding his choice of Serge Aurier or Kieran Trippier for the right back slot. I anticipate Aurier, and a full strength back three. Ben Davies is fully fit, and Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane will return, fully rested for the Barnsley game.

Referee Michael Oliver was last in chaarge of Spurs for one of those massive away wins at the end of last season. That was the 6-1 at Leicester. A repeat would be nice, but I'll settle for any away winning score, predicting 3-1. COME ON YOU SPURS!

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