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Spurs Odyssey Preview - West Ham v Spurs, 02.04.24

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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             28  15   7   6   45- 28  52
Away             27  11   4  12   35- 36  37
Total (Prem)     55  26  11  18   80- 64  89   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)     55  26  11  18   80- 64  89
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     141  59  34  48  221-194 186

Last Six Premier League results:-

West Ham    -     LWWDDL

Nottm Fst  2-0    West Ham
West Ham   4-2    Brentford
Everton    1-3    West Ham
West Ham   2-2    Burnley
West Ham   1-1    A. Villa
Newcastle  4-3    West Ham

Spurs       -     WLWWLW
Spurs      2-1    Brighton
Spurs      1-2    Wolves
Spurs      3-1    C. Palace
A. Villa   0-4    Spurs
Fulham     3-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Luton

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
5. Spurs     29 17  5  7  61-43  18   56
7. West Ham  30 12  8 10  49-54  -5   44

Let's not call it their Cup Final

West Ham - 31.08.22

Thanks to Andy Park for the picture

We have a quick turnaround for this game and tomorrow evening (8.15pm - TNT Sports) when we travel to The London Stadium. Traditionally, we like to call our matches against "The Hammers" their "Cup Final", but they had a Cup Final which they won last year - The European Conference League. It's 16 years since we won any sort of meaningful Cup Final, so I say let's forget the tag for now.

"Hammers" fans will no doubt regale us with chants of "Champions of Europe, we know what we are!" Luton fans on Saturday chanted "Conference League Champions. You'll never sing that!" That was humorous, but West Ham fans are so serious about their third tier European success.

After Saturday's 4-3 defeat at Newcastle, West Ham will be desperate to bounce back, and we will need to be at our very best to get a result, I feel. West Ham were 3-1 up when David Moyes added Kalvin Phillips to the mix at St. James' Park and he did not respond well to the abuse of his own fans when climbing aboard the team coach after the game.

Phillips showed great form for Leeds (where he was born) before and during their recent Premier League spell. He won his first full England cap in 2020 and was snapped up by Manchester City for a cool £45 in 2022 and then hardly featured in Pep Guardiola's plans. Signed by West Ham on loan in January he has had a nightmare time, featuring errors in two or three games and a sending-off at Nottingham Forest. Phillips didn't make it to Gareth Soutgate's last England squad, and I doubt we will see him start tomorrow.

I do expect us to see Jarred Bowen, who played well for England against Belgium, and who has scored 15 Premier League goals this season.

Spurs have no fresh injury concerns, and I suspect Micky van de Ven was saved on Saturday for this fixture. Maybe "Big Ange" ought to start with something like his second half team and give starts to players such as Brennan Johnson and Rodrigo Bentancur.

West Ham moved to their rented home at The London Stadium nearly 8 years ago now in the summer of 2016. Their last game at Upton Park was a 3-2 win over Manchester United when Michail Antonio scored one of the goals. That was Antonio's first season with "The Hammers".

Antonio celebrated his 34th birthday on 28th March and scored West Ham's only permitted goal against Aston Villa before the International break. VAR denied them two others for handball. Antonio has started less league games this season than in any other for "Hammers" and the Villa goal was only his third of the season and the first since August. Antonio scored again at Newcastle on Saturday.

The results tally in all our London Stadium matches is won 4 drawn 1 and lost 3, in Spurs' favour. Those wins include a League Cup win in Maurico Pochettino's last visit here as Spurs manager and a win for Jose Mourinho in his first Spurs game. We haven't won in our last three visits to The London Stadium.

When West Ham were beaten 6-0 at home to Arsenal in February, it was their heaviest Premier League defeat and equalled their previous record defeat by 8-2 at home to Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day 1963. Future Spur Mike England played for Blackburn that day. The West Ham team included another future Spur Martin Peters, Bobby Moore, and Geoff Hurst.

Incidentally, Division Two "Hammers" also lost a first leg League Cup semi-final at Oldham 6-0 in February, 1990. That was Lou Macari's last game as West Ham manager in a reign that only lasted 39 games and less than one season.

West Ham's Europa League Round of 16 win over Freiburg all but guarantees that the Premier League will gain a fifth Champions League place next season, which will hopefully be to our benefit, although we are battling for fourth place. "The Hammers" have now reached the quarter-finals of European competitions for three years in a row. They are scheduled to play Xabi Alonso's German League leaders in next week's Europa League quarter-finals. Alonso was being linked to Liverpool's forthcoming managerial vacancy, but it seems the former "Red" is staying at least one more season with his current club.

Should "The Hammers" fall at their next European hurdle, they are well set for gaining a fourth consecutive European season through their league placing. That would be unprecedented for "The Irons", and this season has been a rarity with Spurs absent from Europe while West Ham have had that pleasure.

I am erring on the side of caution and predict a 2-2 draw. I hope for a win, of course. Assuming his selection, skipper Son Heung-min is scheduled to make his 400th club appearance for Spurs for whom he is now the fifth-highest scorer and the fourteenth highest in the list of club appearances.

This season's home game was "The Hammers" first win at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since they became the first side to win there in April 2019. Spurs became the first team in Premier League history to score first in five successive games which they failed to win. (Lost 4, drew 1) They had also lost three successive home games.

John Brooks is refereeing Spurs for the seventh time. His last game with Spurs was our 3-1 home win against Crystal Palace. Since then has had charge of Chelsea v Newcastle, Manchester United v Liverpool (FA Cup)and West Germany U-21s v Israel. Mr Brooks seems to have been fast-tracked to a senior status.

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