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Spurs Odyssey Preview - West Ham v Spurs, 21.02.21

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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             25  13   7   5   39- 25  46
Away             24  11   3  10   33- 32  36
Total (Prem)     49  24  10  15   72- 57  82   1.67 pts per game
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)     49  24  10  15   72- 57  82
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     135  57  33  45  213-187 179

Last Six Premier League results:-

West Ham   -    WWLWDW

West Ham   2-1    West Brom
C. Palace  2-3    West Ham
West Ham   1-3    Liverpool
A. Villa   1-3    West Ham
Fulham     0-0    West Ham
West Ham   3-0    Sheff Utd

Spurs      -    WLLLWL
Sheff Utd  1-3    Spurs
Spurs      1-3    Liverpool
Brighton   1-0    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Chelsea
Spurs      2-0    West Brom
Man City   3-0    Spurs

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
5. West Ham  24 12  6  6  37-28   9   42 
9. Spurs     23 10  6  7  36-25  11   36 

Battling for gloating rights and more

This will be our 50th Premier League game against West Ham. Ever-present sides will have played 58 such games, but of course the "Hammers" have missed four Premier League seasons, and they were not founder members.

Win or lose, West Ham will be above Spurs after Sunday lunchtime’s game. Their win over Sheffield United gave them their highest points total after 24 games in the Premier League. They have exceeded that total in only two previous top-flight seasons in 1983/4 (43 pts) and 1985/6 (48 pts).

It is a long time since West Ham were above us in the league table on the day we met. In recent years, we have often been in the top half, and they've been worrying about relegation, but in November 2015 we were level on points, but we were fifth and they were sixth. Spurs won 4-1 that day. In August 2014, we played on the opening day of the season at Upton Park. Eric Dier scored an added time winner on his debut.

So, you are still waiting for the date that "The Hammers" were last above us on match day. That was in November, 2012 and when we won 3-1 (including two Defoe goals) that situation was soon put right! Gareth Bale scored on that day too. The West Ham manager was Sam Allardyce, who had got "The Hammers" out of the Championship at the end of the previous season. They were very definitely below us that season.

Whilst we are the superior team to "The Hammers" in terms of history, success and definitely overall Premier League form, we do have to concede that their fans have had more than their fair share of gloating rights at times, especially in recent years.

This season's home game is the most recent example of how West Ham fans (had they been allowed in the stadium) would have been crowing all the way home and beyond. When we met in October it was on the back of Spurs beating Maccabi Haifa 7-2 in the Europa League and then astounding Manchester United and the whole football world with a magnificent 6-1 away win at Old Trafford.

Son and Kane were in blistering form and when between them they scored our three goals in the first 16 minutes it looked as if "The Hammers" would be hammered. Not so. It was still 3-0 after 81 minutes but Balbuena, a Sanchez own goal and Lanzini's added time equaliser gave us a nasty shock. It was Lanzini's first Premier League game of the season and remains his one and only goal of the season so far.

I also have to mention the upset Antonio & Co caused when they scored the first away goal by any team at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with which they also had the first away win to put on their record books. That was in April 2019.

We haven't been to The London Stadium since November 2019 and the occasion was Jose Mourinho's first game in charge of Spurs. I remember being impressed by the attacking vigour shown by the front four chosen by Jose, which included Lucas Moura. Dele was also one of those four, as we went three up within the first 50 minutes before two late "Hammers" goals distorted the manner in which we had dominated the home team. Many of their fans had gone home even before their team got one goal back.

We did concede two goals in each of Jose's first four games, winning three of those.

David Moyes' men have been invigorated recently by the arrival (on loan) of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United. Benrahma's loan signing from Brentford was made permanent to allow Lingard's loan to take place. Lingard scored two goals on his debut in a 3-1 win at Villa Park. Michail Antonio has been in and out of the side nursing a hamstring injury but could play on Sunday. Ogbonna was recently injured and will probably be absent. Issa Diop made his first Premier League appearance since December last week and scored against Sheffield United. The "Hammers" have also benefitted from the presence of defender Craig Dawson, formerly of West Brom, but on loan from Watford. Soucek and Coufal have proved to be excellent acquisitions for David Moyes whilst Jarrod Bowen is usually in the mix in attack.

It looks as if we will still be missing Sergio Reguilon as Jose said when asked for an injury update said, "I think Reguilon next week against Wolfsberger home match." Take it as read that Serge Aurier and Lo Celso are not available yet.

Harry Kane was rested last night for the Europa League game and "Sonny" only played the first half. Hojbjerg and Ndombele will be fresh as they only played the last 12 minutes (plus added time). Jose has options up front, but it is the defence that are providing worries for Jose and all of us really. Joe Rodon (who is still not part of our Europa League squad) must have a chance to play. Does Doherty play again, or does Japhet Tanganga get another start? We'll have to wait and see. Your webmaster and eternal optimist says we will win 2-1 and take the gloating rights away from "The Hammers"! Here's hoping! The game is being shown in the UK by Sky Sports and kicks off at 12 noon on Sunday.

Did you know? - We had 34 points (two less than our current total) after 24 games last season. West Ham had 23 and were only above two of the bottom three on goal difference.

This will be referee Craig Pawson's 22nd game in the middle with Spurs. His first game was away against Norwich in February 2014 when Robert Snodgrass scored the winning goal at Carrow Road. Snodgrass recently moved from West Ham to West Brom. Mr Pawson's last Spurs game was our 2-0 home defeat by Leicester in December. Previously he was in charge when we beat West Ham at home post-lockdown last June 23rd.

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