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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v West Ham,19.02.23

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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             26  14   7   5   42- 26  49
Away             27  11   4  12   35- 36  37
Total (Prem)     53  25  11  17   77- 62  86   1.62 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
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Total (Prem)     53  25  11  17   77- 62  86
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     139  58  34  47  218-192 183

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WLLWWL
C. Palace  0-4    Spurs
Spurs      0-2    Arsenal
Man City   4-2    Spurs
Fulham     0-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Man City
Leicester  4-1    Spurs

West Ham   -    LDLWDD

West Ham   0-2    Brentford
Leeds      2-2    West Ham
Wolves     1-0    West Ham
West Ham   2-0    Everton
Newcastle  1-1    West Ham
West Ham   1-1    Chelsea

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs     23 12  3  8  42-35   7   39 
18. West Ham  22  5  5 12  19-27  -8   20  

Another feisty derby match is on the cards

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Another feisty London Derby match is on the cards when West Ham come to town on Sunday afternoon (4.30pm – SKY). Despite their precarious position and poor league form over the course of this season, "The Hammers" will arrive at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with some confidence. After all, they did manage a creditable draw last week against half-billion spenders Chelsea, and their fans still gloat over the fact West Ham were the first team to win in our stadium in April 2019.

We are 19 points ahead of our local rivals, but our recent league form leaves plenty to be desired, especially last week’s beating at The King Power Stadium, which was the worst league defeat since Antonio Conte became head coach. If we are going to beat West Ham, then we have to do it without Antonio who has returned home to Italy for proper recuperation following his gall bladder surgery. Not to worry! Number two Cristian Stellini was in charge when we beat reigning Champions and current league leaders Manchester City two weeks ago. We enjoyed their victory at the Emirates on Wednesday night!

Spurs are injury-stricken of course with key players Lloris and Bentancur out along with supporting players Bissouma and Sessegnon. At least Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg can return following his midweek Champions League suspension. Either Skipp or Sarr will have to make way for Hojbjerg who has played more league minutes this season than anyone barring Kane and Son, scoring 4 league goals (5 in all matches) and offering 4 assists over the course of this season.

West Ham have had a week free of football, because the best feature of their season to date was to win all six of their Europa Conference League group games, thus avoiding this week’s play-off round. Last season they reached the semi-final of the Europa League and lost, which means Champions League football at The London Stadium must remain a pipe-dream for yet another year. It is a rarity for "The Hammers" to experience two consecutive seasons in Europe, and they are going to have to win the Conference League to manage a third consecutive European tour for the first time in their history.

Yesterday's (Saturday's) results left West Ham in the bottom three, so Premier League survival is a priority. They’ve spent too much of the season embroiled in this battle at the wrong end of the table. West Ham have had their own injury problems and former Chelsea man Kurt Zouma, who hasn’t played for a month is still missing. West Ham let another central defender Craig Dawson go to Wolves in January. Brazilian midfielder Paqueta, who went to the World Cup in Qatar went off last week after only 14 minutes with a shoulder injury and is a likely absentee. Aguerd, Cresswell and Scamacca all have to be assessed before Sunday’s game.

Against Chelsea, West Ham played a back three and their line-up was:- Fabianski; Kehrer, Ogbonna, Aguerd; Coufal, Paqueta (sub Soucek), Rise, Emerson; Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma. Antonio hasn’t been at his best this season, but he does have a habit of scoring against Spurs and enjoying it immensely.

Harry Kane beat Jimmy Greaves’ 266-goal record against Manchester City and will be presented with a souvenir gift by the club fifteen minutes before kick-off. The South Stand is scheduled to display a suitable graphic before kick-off to celebrate Harry’s achievement. Eleven of Harry’s goals have been scored against West Ham, but he hasn’t scored against them since October 2020. That was a 3-3 draw when the visitors scored three late goals to take a point. Their fans enjoyed that moment too! Harry’s two goals were his 197th and 198th for the club, almost 70 goals ago!

It was a Kehrer own goal that gave us a share of the spoils at the London Stadium in August. A lot has happened since then. In September, former captain Mark Noble was appointed as a Sporting Director and thus remains very much a part of West Ham’s fabric. Whether current captain and England regular Declan Rice stays the course remains to be seen.

In January, West Ham mourned co-chairman David Gold, who died, aged 86.

January signings included Danny Ings from Aston Villa. Ings must like claret & blue having previously played for Burnley as well as Villa! Ings has made three substitute appearances without scoring so far.

West Ham’s five World Cup 5 players were Lucas Paqueta (Brazil), back-up goalkeeper Alphonse Areola (France), Nayef Aguerd (Morocco), Thilo Kehrer (Germany), and Declan Rice (England).

33-year-old Ecuadorian Enner Valencia, who scored the opening two goals (for Ecuador) in the Qatar World Cup was a West Ham player between 2014 and 2016. Valencia was on loan with Everton in the 2016/17 season, for whom he scored his only goal against Spurs. That was at the very end of a 3-2 Spurs win in March 2017 when Harry Kane scored twice, and Dele Alli made it 3-1 in the second minute of added time. Valencia's goal followed, but many Everton fans had already left White Hart Lane. Valencia currently plays for Fenerbahce in Turkey.

It’s bound to be a hot atmosphere, and I am hoping for a home win, having predicted a 3-1 scoreline (just like last year!). Richarlison has to start and score his first Premier League goal for the club soon, doesn’t he? After Newcastle's home defeat by Liverpool, a win would take us into the top four. It would also leave "The Hammers" in the bottom three. Here's hoping!

This will be the 46th time Michael Oliver has been in charge of a competitive Spurs game. His only other game with us this season was also a London derby - our 4-0 win at Selhurst Park. A similar result would be grand here! Mr. Oliver was in Paris on Wednesday when Bayern Munich beat the hosts PSG. Now aged 37, Mr. Oliver began his Premier League career young, and remains a top-line official in England, Europe and indeed internationally. This will be his third Spurs - West Ham game. The first was our 3-2 win at the London Stadium in September, 2017. The second was also at The London Stadium and also a 3-2 Spurs win in Jose Mourinho's first game in charge in 2019.

Did you know? - Joseph Payne was born on 17th January, 1914 on Brimington Common, Chesterfield. (I have lived in Chesterfield for nearly 15 years now.) Payne began his Football League career with Luton and on 13th April, 1936 scored 10 goals in a 12-0 win over Bristol Rovers. Payne moved to Chelsea and was on their books before and after the Second World War. He had one season with West Ham in 1946/47. Payne was a centre-forward and his last Football League goal was scored against Chesterfield in a 5-0 Division Two win on 18th January, 1947.

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