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Spurs Odyssey Preview - West Ham v Spurs, 20.10.18

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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             22  12   6   4   34- 21  42
Away             22   9   3  10   29- 30  30
Total (Prem)     44  21   9  14   63- 51  72
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)     44  21   9  14   63- 51  72
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     130  54  32  44  202-181 169

Last Six Premier League results:-

West Ham   -    LLWDWL

Arsenal    3-1    West Ham
West Ham   0-1    Wolves
Everton    1-3    West Ham
West Ham   0-0    Chelsea
West Ham   3-1    Man Utd
Brighton   1-0    West Ham

Spurs      -    WLLWWW
Man Utd    0-3    Spurs
Watford    2-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-2    Liverpool
Brighton   1-2    Spurs
H'dsfield  0-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Cardiff

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs     8  6  0  2  15-7    8   18
15. West Ham  8  2  1  5   8-13  -5    7

No live TV for "Cup Final" day!

I'll be honest. Remembering that West Ham's Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters had "won the World Cup" in 1966, I did harbour the hope that Kane, Dele Alli, Trippier, Dier and Rose could do the same this year. That was not to be and we will have to endure the "We won the World Cup in 66" taunts for a while yet. Surprisingly there is no live TV coverage for West Ham's "Cup Final" game! (Kick-off 3pm tomorrow)

Whether by accident or design, it was probably quite wise for the authorities to leave West Ham's first visit to our magnificent new stadium until our penultimate home game of this season. The streets of Tottenham have been mercifully free of the more heathen elements of "The Hammers"' support since November 2016 when Harry Winks gleefully scored his first Spurs goal and Harry Kane scored two late goals (one a penalty) to give us a dramatic 3-2 win.

Until we suffer the dubious pleasure of a visit from the East London team in late April, we have to make our third trip to The London Stadium, not owned, but leased by West Ham. Last year's game was also a 3-2 win, but not so dramatic. We were 2-0 up at half-time, thanks to "One of our own" and then Eriksen made it 3-0 in the 60th minute. We did have to endure late pressure because firstly Hernandez got a goal back, then Serge Aurier suffered two yellow cards before Kouyate gave the remaining West Ham fans hope (many had left at 3-0 down).

Whilst we do have a superior record against West Ham, beating them has rarely been easy and in recent years they have had their moments, even beating us in three consecutive games in the 2013-14 season. Even last year, when they faced a genuine threat of another relegation from the Premier League, they knocked us out of the League Cup at Wembley and managed a draw in our "home" game played early in January. There were quite sensational goals at each end, firstly by Obiang and then an equaliser by Son Heung-min.

New manager Manuel Pellegrini (once of Manchester City) was allowed to splash out on a number of players in the summer with Messrs Sullivan and Gold no doubt very keen to prevent any more of the scenes seen when West Ham lost so badly at home to Burnley in March.

Those signings included Premier League ever-presents Felipe Anderson, Fabian Balbuena and former Swansea (and Arsenal) goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. Jack Wilshere was released by Arsenal and signed on a free by West Ham. Sir Trevor Brooking described Jack Wilshere as the Hammers' most exciting summer signing. "“He’s a talented player, a creative midfielder – West Ham need someone like that to see a pass. “At 26 – for me the next 5 or 6 years were my best – you’ve got your confidence in your ability." Wilshere is out with an ankle injury.

A more exciting signing was 28 year old Ukrainian International Andriy Yarmolenko from Dynamo Kiev. There was a time when Spurs were allegedly interested in Yarmolenko, who had been a Dynamo player for over 10 years, and then with Borussia Dortmund last season before his signing this summer. The Ukrainian actually scored Dortmund's goal in our 3-1 win at Wembley last September. Yarmolenko scored two goals in the "Hammers"' first league win of another difficult season, and has had a positive influence as West Ham have finally found some form. With both Yarmolenko and Anderson often acting as providers for Arnautovic, who has scored 4 goals and missed quite a few more, West Ham will surely climb up the table after those opening 4 Premier League defeats, much as we might wish otherwise.

Former Spur Ryan Fredericks was signed on a free from Fulham, but seems to have been discarded after playing in three of those early defeats, but he did play in the 8-0 League Cup thrashing of Macclesfield, who are still bottom of the Football League, and who have recently sacked their manager. West Ham played a pretty strong team for that game, and we can expect the same when we have to return for League Cup action a week on Wednesday.

There is some good news for Spurs fans on the injury front. Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele, both of whom were not available for their teams during the International break, are back in training and available for selection. Dele Alli's recuperation from his hamstring injury continues, and he is expected to return to training next week. Danny Rose's rehabillitation is progressing, and we know that Jan Vertonghen will not be available before December.

Andy Carroll (!), Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid are long term absentees from the West Ham side. Others such as Hernandez, Masuaku and Snodgrass have been described as slight doubts, but Masuaku was with his national team over the last two weeks. Marko Arnautovic apparently plays through an ongoing knee problem, but he has only missed one of West Ham's league games to date, and he did score Austria's Nations League winner last week against Northern Ireland.

It is no doubt going to be a tough game, played in front of a packed house, most of whom will be screaming support for the home team, and hatred for all connected with Tottenham. An early Spurs goal would no doubt quieten them down. With our next game at "home" against Manchester City a week on Monday, a win is imperative for Spurs to maintain our challenge upon the top four. I'm going for a 2-1 away win!

Our match referee tomorrow will be Martin Atkinson, who is one of the most experienced of our officials. To the best of my knowledge, Mr Atkinson first refereed a Spurs game in August 2005, when we beat Middlesbrough 2-0 with goals by Jermain Defoe and Mido. Mr. Atkinson was in charge of our first game of this season, when we beat Newcastle 2-1. A less happy memory is the fact that the same referee was in charge of a West Ham v Spurs game in September 8 years ago when their winning goal was scored by the now retired Martinique national player Frederic Piquionne, who had also scored against us when Portsmouth defeated us in the FA Cup semi-final earlier that year.

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