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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v West Ham, 04.01.18

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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             22   9   3  10   29- 30  30
Total (Prem)     43  21   8  14   62- 50  71
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)     43  21   8  14   62- 50  71
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     129  54  31  44  201-180 168

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWLWWW
Spurs      5-1    Stoke
Spurs      2-0    Brighton
Man City   4-1    Spurs
Burnley    0-3    Spurs
Spurs      5-2    S'hampton
Swansea    0-2    Spurs

West Ham   -    WDWLDW

West Ham   1-0    Chelsea
West Ham   0-0    Arsenal
Stoke      0-3    West Ham
West Ham   2-3    Newcastle
B'mouth    3-3    West Ham
West Ham   2-1    West Brom

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs     21 12  4  5  41-20  21   40
16. West Ham  21  5  6 10  24-39 -15   21

Make our Christmas complete Spurs!

Under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, since his appointment in 2014, Spurs have been unbeaten in their Christmas fixtures. In his first season, Pochettino's men beat Burnley, Leicester and Chelsea (on New Year's Day 2015), with a 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United coming before the Chelsea game. The following year Southampton, Norwich and Watford were consecutive victims with the New Year Fixture at Goodison Park drawn.

Last year the Christmas fixtures came amidst an 8 match run of consecutive wins in league and cup games. Specifically Burnley, Southampton, Watford and Chelsea were our Christmas victims. This festive season has seen us win consecutive games at Burnley and against Southampton and Swansea.

Bearing in mind the alleged nature of the abuse directed at former Spur Jake Livermore on Tuesday night in the London Stadium (confirmed as referring to the tragic loss of his baby son in 2014), and the history of hatred directed towards Spurs by West Ham fans it is entirely understandable that the proposed New Year's Eve fixture was re-arranged. That date only came about of course because Sky wanted to televise the game, when it probably could have gone ahead on the original date of 30th December.

We have played Christmas games against West Ham occasionally. The last time was on Monday 28th December 2009, when goals by Luka Modric and Jermain Defoe (of course!) gave us a 2-0 win. Spurs were in fourth place. Defoe was level top of the Premier League score chart and all was well. The Spurs favourite offered the perfect riposte to the vile abuse directed at him by "Hammers'" fans, and his goal might have taken Rob Green's hands off had he chosen to try to get one or both in the way!

Incidentally, that 2009-10 season was the last time we played a game on 2nd January, as we did this week at Swansea. In 2010 it was a 3rd round FA Cup game against Peterborough, which we won 4-0.

Other Christmas games against West Ham include one on Boxing Day 1986, which we won 4-0 with two goals for Clive Allen, and one apiece for Steve Hodge and Chris Waddle. We had also played and won 1-0 the previous year on Boxing Day. The year of 1958, almost a full 60 years ago now was the last time games were played on Christmas Day itself. It was not a happy Christmas for Spurs as we lost 2-1 at Upton Park, before losing 4-1 at home on Boxing day. All this in the season the great Bill Nicholson took over as manager and had started with that magnificent 10-4 win over Everton in October 1958. Spurs finished that season in the wrong half of the table, and actually fought a battle against relegation, whereas West Ham finished in sixth.

Now the tables are reversed and show a more traditional state of affairs with West Ham struggling and Spurs challenging for the top four and a third consecutive season of Champions League football. Of course, I am hoping that Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs make our Christmas complete with a win over "The Hammers"!

David Moyes' appointment as West Ham's manager in November was not enthusiastically welcomed by the "Hammers'" fans, and it took a while before Moyes won a game with his new team with only one point in his first four games. Typically, West Ham did better against Chelsea (won 1-0) and Arsenal (drew 0-0) than they have in recent games against fellow battlers against the drop. They lost at home to Newcastle, before a 3-3 draw at Bournemouth, when they had come back from 2-1 down to lead, only to lose two points when Bournemouth got a controversial late equaliser.

Like Spurs this will be their second game in 48 hours and while we were winning at Swansea, Andy Carroll scored his first goals of the season to rescue "The Irons" against West Brom. If fit, Carroll will be a thorn in our side tonight, although West Ham do have several injury problems with Cresswell doubtful, Sakho, Collins, Antonio, Nyram and Fonte all unavailable. As always, West Ham will come to Wembley with determination buoyed by the fact they beat us in the Carabao Cup, 3-2 in October.

As mentioned in this article on Spurs Odyssey - Spurs fancied to follow up against West Ham - three of our last four games against "The Hammers" have finished 3-2 - two of them in our favour. Last season's home game included Harry Winks' first senior goal for the club, and two late, late goals by Harry Kane to take all three points when it looked like an away win. At The London Stadium in September, it all looked so easy for Spurs when we went three up, but West Ham came back with two goals to make us sweat at the very end. That was a game in which Serge Aurier was sent off for a second yellow, to make things more difficult for Spurs.

There is usually high drama in these games, and tonight will be no exception. The latest team news indicates that Danny Rose's knee injury is being assessed, but Mousa Dembele is again available for selection. I expect Harry Kane to start this one and hopefully carry on where he left off on Boxing Day against Southampton. I do expect goals, and I have predicted a 3-0 win for Spurs. I have managed four correct scorelines and four correct results in the 10 games played so far in this round of games, so I feel pretty confident in a Spurs win tonight, to put us only one point behind Liverpool and four ahead of Arsenal.


Controversy seems to follow match referee Mike Dean around these days. The last episode was on New year's Eve at The Hawthorns, when Mr. Dean awarded West Brom a questionable penalty decision for handball which gave "The Baggies" a late equaliser. Arsene Wenger and his men were of course angered by the decision in the knowledge that every point is vital in their race for a top four position, and that their next game would be against Chelsea. Mr Dean will be 50 this year and must be approaching retirement from the select group of referees to which he was appointed as long ago as 2000. Mr. Dean seems to get a lot of London Derby matches, and was in charge of our 2-0 defeat at The Emirates, and also West Ham's Carabao Cup win at Wembley this season. I hope for improvement tonight!

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On 5th January, 1998, Spurs beat Fulham 3-1 in the FA Cup Third Round.

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