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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v West Ham, 23.06.20

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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             23  12   6   5   34- 22  42
Away             24  11   3  10   33- 32  36
Total (Prem)     47  23   9  15   67- 54  78
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)     47  23   9  15   67- 54  78
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     133  56  32  45  206-184 175

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWLLDD
Spurs      2-0    Man City
A. Villa   2-3    Spurs
Chelsea    2-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-3    Wolves
Burnley    1-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    Man Utd

West Ham   -    DLLWLL
West Ham   3-3    Brighton
Man City   2-0    West Ham
Liverpool  3-2    West Ham
West Ham   3-1    S'hampton
Arsenal    1-0    West Ham
West Ham   0-2    Wolves

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 8. Spurs     30 11  9 10  48-41   7   42
17. West Ham  30  7  6 17  35-52 -17   27 

Can Spurs beat desperate Hammers?

For these two teams it is the second game of the post-lockdown Premier League programme. Early in the lockdown period Karen Brady said "There is no dodging the possibility that all levels in the EFL as well as the Premier League will have to be cancelled and this season declared null and void because if the players can’t play the games can’t go ahead." Curtailment of the Premier League would have suited West Ham as the table stood (but not with a weighted points per game system) as they were outside the bottom three. The “Hammers” also had fears regarding summer use of the London Stadium for such athletic events as the “Anniversary Games”, but of course all scheduled major sporting events were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fact is that West Ham are at great risk of relegation with 8 games to play. West Ham suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Wolves on Saturday and will be desperate for points from this game. After Spurs, West Ham host Chelsea. In their last two games they will play at Old Trafford, and then face a last day potential crunch game against Aston Villa. The "Hammers" will have to play hard to ensure their survival. You might like to speculate with Bethard regarding their chances.

THFC would not allow me the fly the Spurs Odyssey flag in the stadium for these behind closed doors games but it will feature in my match report!

THFC would not allow me the fly the Spurs Odyssey flag in the stadium for these behind closed doors games but it will feature in my match report!

This game was originally scheduled to be played on 21st March, which was pre-lockdown, but the Premier League’s last pre-lockdown game was on Monday 9th March when Leicester beat Villa 4-0. Relegation fears or not, “Hammers” fans would have flocked to New White Hart Lane in March and they would have been grinning about the fact that West Ham scored the first goal by an away team at our new home, and became the first away winners at the stadium. That was the first of three consecutive 1-0 defeats for Spurs, with Ajax and Bournemouth the victors in our next two games. All was forgiven the following week when Lucas Moura’s hat-trick heroics put us through to the Champions League Final.

Like Spurs, West Ham did play and win in a European Final in the 1960s. In 1965 The “Hammers” won the Cup-Winners’ Cup in a game which featured World Cup winners Moore, Hurst, and Peters. Their 1964 3-2 FA Cup win over second division Preston was the first of three such successes, the last of which was in 1980 when (as a second division club) Trevor Brooking’s rare headed goal beat Arsenal. Paul Allen was in that West Ham side, and at the time was the youngest player to appear in an FA Cup Final. Howard Kendall had gained that record when playing against West Ham for Preston in 1964.

In the West Ham programme for this season's match which we won 3-2 (it was Jose Mourinho's first game remember), there was one feature called "Describe Tottenham Hotspur in three words". The suggestion was "Desperately seeking trophies". This was a comment by the editorial team, not one of the fans, and comes as a bit rich from a club which last won a major trophy in 1980!

Another Spurs connection – Clive Allen – scored West Ham’s first Premier League goals at Upton Park in a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in August 1993. West Ham were not founder members of the Premier League but had been promoted as runners-up in Division One. Clive played for seven different London clubs and scored 14 of West Ham’s league goals in that promotion season. They’ve had two more promotion seasons since of course.

Neil Ruddock is another man who played for both clubs. He was towards the end of his career when at West Ham, but he did feature in one of their rare European forays in 1999 when they were awarded the title of Inter-Toto Cup Winners. This was a qualifying competition for the UEFA Cup. West Ham were knocked out in the second round. Their last European venture was in 2016 when they failed to get past the Europa League play-offs, having finished seventh in the Premier League in 2015-16.

David Moyes was re-appointed as manager of “The Hammers” last December, but he has not managed to lead them away from the relegation zone as yet. Their only win the last 11 games was 3-1 at home to Southampton when one of the scorers was Michail Antonio. Antonio is key player who missed a lot of game time pre-lockdown which no doubt detrimentally affected the team performances. Around the time of the scheduled date for this fixture Antonio played against Ryan Sessegnon in a FIFA 20 simulation of the game. Spurs won 2-0. Antonio apologised to his fans:- "It was embarrassing," Antonio said on Instagram live. "I am better than that. I don't even know what to say. I can't look at my son."

After Moyes’ arrival, West Ham signed Czech International midfielder Tomas Soucek on loan from Slavia Prague, and striker Jarrod Bowen from Hull.

The team news is promising for Spurs with Dele Alli's one-match suspension served and Lucas Moura fit afer missing the Manchester United game due to an injury sustained in training. Fresh legs will be a blessing at this strange and difficult time when players clearly do not have full match fitness. Jose is happy about having six attacking players to choose from, but he may also like to shake up his defence.

Both Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm have extended their contracts (due to expire) to cover the closure of this season.

I'm tempted to predict a big win, but this is a West Ham team who will be fired up by Mark Noble and they will probably manage a performance. I'll be restrained and go for a 2-1 home win.

Match referee Craig Pawson has refereed two Spurs home games this season. The last game was the home win against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup. The other game was our 4-0 win against Crystal Palace last September. Something similar would be marvellous! The Premier League has taken the precaution of naming a replacement official as well as the assistants and fourth official.

"Did you know?" - Infamous loan signing Andy Booth made his Spurs debut in a 0-0 drew at Upton Park on 31st January, 2001. Booth played in only 4 Spurs games, and never scored a goal in our colours. In fact Spurs only managed to score two goals in the four games he played.

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