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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v West Ham, 27.04.19

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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             23  10   3  10   30- 30  33
Total (Prem)     45  22   9  14   64- 51  75
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)     45  22   9  14   64- 51  75
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     131  55  32  44  203-181 172

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    LLWWLW
S'hampton  2-1    Spurs
Liverpool  2-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    C. Palace
Spurs      4-0    Hds'field
Man City   1-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Brighton

West Ham   -    LWLLLD

Cardiff    2-0    West Ham
West Ham   4-3    Hds'field
West Ham   0-2    Everton
Chelsea    2-0    West Ham
Man Utd    2-1    West Ham
West Ham   2-2    Leicester

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs     35 23  1 11  65-35  30   70
11. West Ham  35 12  7 16  44-54 -10   43

This is a football stadium, Hammers!

There is a certain symmetry about this meeting with West Ham. 20 years ago this week, the "Hammers" visited White Hart Lane on 24th April, 1999. It was the day that Bill Nicholson Way was named and the great man was present for the ceremony and even paraded on the White Hart Lane pitch with some of his old chums and former players. Sadly, West Ham spoiled our day and won the game 2-1.

Now, here we are in our new stadium (it's designed for football Hammers'fans!) and their fans would like nothing more than to make a mess of the stadium and its surrounds, whilst their players (well perhaps skipper Mark Noble) would love to hamper our chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

I would suggest that the fans carry more risk than do the players, who haven't travelled well so far in this calendar year. Arguably Noble is the only member of the West Ham squad who truly understands the meaning of this game to his fans, although former Spur Ryan Fredericks (if selected) at least knows a bit about our history. Fredericks had an impressive 45 minutes for Spurs in a 4-1 Europa League win over Anzhi back in December 2013, and was identified as a good prospect by those who saw him. That was his only appearance though and he went off on loan before transferring to Fulham where he enjoyed three successful seasons, before moving to the London Stadium on a free transfer last summer. Fredericks has not been a regular making 9 league starts and three substitute appearances.

Ah, The London Stadium, now decorated around the pitch by the Claret and Blue carpet which goalscorer Antonio caressed lovingly in the 2-2 draw against Leicester last week. When I think of Stratford, and how Spurs got involved in a (thankfully) failed bid for the Olympic Stadium I am drawn to think of the late Darren Alexander. Darren left this world over 5 years ago now. He was a personal friend and the most avid Spurs fan you ever met. As co-chair of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' trust he campaigned ardently against the idea of our beloved Spurs moving to Stratford, and thank heavens we lost the bid and developed our marvellous stadium in our proper home. Remember, Spurs' plan was to rip down The Olympic Stadium and at least make a proper football ground out of the place.

So, welcome to our proper football stadium West Ham. I hope you have an awful day.

West Ham's last away win was on 27th December at Southampton. That ended a run of three consecutive away wins - starting with Newcastle, followed by Fulham. The "Hammers"' other league victims on the road were Everton back in September. Pellegrini's men did manage a League Cup win against Wimbledon, but funnily enough (and it was funny) they lost an FA Cup tie there in January. In what has truly been a season of mediocrity, it did look as if they might be relegation candidates early on, perhaps until they lost to Spurs in October. They picked up a bit of form in November, and their highest league position has been ninth. European football has been a rare commodity for this team and they have no chance of a tour next season, as they sit in no mans' land 8 points behind seventh placed Wolves.

For good measure, we knocked West Ham out of the EFL Cup, also in October, and we could beat them three times in the same season for the first time ever, and gain our first league "double" since 2012/13. We would do well though to remember that the "Irons" do lift their game against us as a rule, and that they did manage three wins in the same season in 2013/14.

This is game 44 of the season for our visitors, and game 58 (of a potential 63) for Spurs. With a Champions League semi-final to come on Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino has both injury problems and the need to protect some players to consider. There is no official team news as yet, but whoever plays should be good enough to beat West Ham, who have Hernandez, Lanzini and Cresswell all in need of fitness tests, Wilshere likely to be on the bench, and Nasri still missing. Arnautovic hasn't scored for his club since early January.

Spurs have scored 98 goals in all competitions this season, and I anticipate we will hit the century mark in this game. Son has scored 20 goals this season in all competitions and could overtake the injured Harry Kane (24) to be our top scorer this season. Harry still leads Son (17-12) in the Premier League scoring stakes. Just to clarify, I am predicting 2-0, which would make five wins and no goals conceded in the new stadium. We also need just two wins from our last three games to qualify for next season's Champions league. I don't think the "Hammers" are capable of parking the bus Brighton style, and I do forsee an open game.

With Tuesday's crucial game against Ajax in mind, the Spurs team could read:- Gazzaniga; Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies; Dier, Skipp; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Llorente. Son cannot play on Tuesday and Lucas Moura could be rested/protected for that game, along with Lloris, Vertonghen, Rose and Wanyama. However, team prediction is very much a guessing game as always.

The match referee is Anthony Taylor, who was fourth official here on Tuesday. Mr Taylor's last Spurs game in the middle was our last game at Wembley against Arsenal.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On 24th April, 1999, Bill Nicholson Way was officially named and the great man paraded on the pitch with the likes of George Robb, Tommy Harmer, Dave Mackay, Ron Henry and Pat Jennings. Sadly we lost at home to West Ham.

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