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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v West Ham, 07.12.23

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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             27  15   7   5   44- 26  52
Away             27  11   4  12   35- 36  37
Total (Prem)     54  26  11  17   79- 62  89   1.65 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)     54  26  11  17   79- 62  89
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     140  59  34  47  220-192 186

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs       -     WWLLLD
Spurs      2-0    Fulham
C. Palace  1-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-4    Chelsea
Wolves     2-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-2    A. Villa
Man City   3-3    Spurs

West Ham    -     LLLWWD

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

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
5. Spurs     14  8  3  3  28-20   8   27
9. West Ham  14  6  3  5  24-24   0   21

A Spurs win is imperative

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"The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It's nothing of the kind. The game is about glory. It is about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out to beat the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom." - Danny Blanchflower

After the excitement of Sunday's magnificent 3-3 at The Etihad, we return home for our sixth London Derby League match of the season, with West Ham the visitors. So far this season we have won two, drawn two and lost the last local derby at home to Chelsea. That was dramatic in every sense, and at last we can welcome back Cristian Romero to our line-up. A win for Spurs is imperative, before another tricky game against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

West Ham have played just three derby games so far, beating Chelsea in their first home game, losing at Brentford and drawing on Sunday at home to Crystal Palace. Despite their success in Europe, West Ham's league form has been moderate. Like Spurs, they also suffered three consecutive defeats recently, but they, and their fans love a result at Tottenham!

West Ham reached their first European Cup Final since 1976 last June when they beat Dutch side AZ Alkmaar (3-1 aggregate) in the Europa Conference League semi-final. They faced Fiorentina in the final and won 2-1, thanks to Jarrod Bowen's last-minute winner. It was West Ham's first major trophy since 1980 and their second European major trophy after their 1965 Cup-Winners' Cup win.

The win gave West Ham a place in this season's Europa League and an unprecedented third successive season in European competition. Some West Ham fans near a corner flag in the Prague stadium disgraced themselves and their club with empty plastic glasses and other objects being thrown at Fiorentina players. Captain Cristiano suffered a head wound which led to a delay in the game.

Ecstatic "Hammers" fans chanted "Champions of Europe, we know what we are". Not quite that though, eh? (You'll hear the chant tomorrow night.) West Ham had fought relegation most of the season and finished 14th in the league table with 40 points.

"The Hammmers" won more games (14) in the European Conference League last season than in the Premier League (11).

That 1976 Final was a 4-2 Cup-Winners Cup defeat to Anderlecht. "The Hammers" finished 18th that season and the only games they managed to win in their last 21 fixtures that season were Cup-Winners Cup matches against FC Den Haag and Eintracht Frankfurt. John Lyall was West Ham's manager in the second of his 15 seasons at Upton Park.

When he was appointed, Lyall was only the fifth manager of "The Irons", following in the footsteps of Ron Greenwood. West Ham have had 13 managers since Lyall departed in 1989. In the same period, Spurs have had 21 managers/head coaches. Such is the nature of the modern game.

When they beat SC Freiburg in this season's second Europa League group game, "The Hammers" became the first English side to go 17 consecutive games in European competition without defeat. West Ham lost their next game (away to Olympiakos), but with a 1-0 win in Serbia last week (against TSK) they guaranteed their progress into this season's knock-out stages.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City team, Don Revie's Leeds in the 1960s and Bill Nicholson's 1970s Tottenham side all managed 16 European games unbeaten.

Both our fixtures against "The Hammers" this season are scheduled to be played on a weeknight. The return game is currently set for Tuesday April 2nd.

There was a major departure in July for "The Hammers". The deal had been brewing for quite a while but Arsenal confirmed the signing of West Ham's captain and Europa Conference League winner Declan Rice for the sum of £100 million plus up to £5 million add-ons. England International Rice is now playing Champions League football for the first time. He also scored Arsenal's late winner at Luton last night.

After Rice's departure came a few new faces. Firstly, Mexico midfielder Edson Alvarez was signed from Ajax in a deal thought to be worth about £35m. The 25-year-old was a central figure in the Mexico side that won the Concacaf Gold Cup in the United States this summer.

He was followed by James Ward-Prowse from Southampton for a fee thought to be in the region of £30m, and Greece defender Konstantinos Mavropanos from Stuttgart for an undisclosed fee. Mavropanos was previously signed by Arsenal in January 2018 but only made seven Premier League appearances before being loaned out.

Finally, West Ham completed the signing of Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus in a deal worth at least £38m. Kudus is a Ghanaian International and has scored 6 goals for his new club in all competitions, including Sunday's game against Palace.

Our biggest win over West Ham in recent years was on 22nd November, 2015 - Harry Kane scored two of our goals. Previously we scored four in March 2008 when Dimitar Berbatov was a double goalscorer. A year before that was the famous 4-3 win at Upton Park when Staltieri scored our late winner.

West Ham have twice scored four goals against us in the Premier League era. In February 1997, "The Hammers" beat us in a 4-3 thriller in which Julian Dicks scored twice, including the winning penalty in the 71st minute. Teddy Sheringham, Darren Anderton and David Howells had scored our goals. West Ham's other big win was in April 1994 when two goals by Trevor Morley (one from the spot) helped them to shock us with a 4-1 win at White Hart Lane. That was a season when we struggled without the injured Teddy Sheringham who was absent between October and April. We only won two of our last seven games and confirmed our Premier League status with a 2-0 win at Oldham in the penultimate game.

Our 2-0 home win in February was our first clean sheet against West Ham since another 2-0 win in June 2020. Spurs equalled the club league record of 22 consecutive home games without a draw, set in 1928 and 1987.

As for tomorrow's game (8.15pm - AMAZON PRIME), despite our continuing absentees I fancy us to win 3-1. Jarrod Bowen is the main danger man with 8 league goals to date, but West Ham often score from dead ball situations. Apart from Kudus's three league goals, Soucek has also added four in the Premier League. I suspect that Romero for Emerson Royal will be the one change to our starting line-up. I also think Richarlison will be on the bench again. After him, Pape Sarr is expected to be our next returnee. The home crowd must roar us to success!

Our match referee (for only the third time) will be Michael Salisbury. His previous two Spurs games featured 4 goals by the home side. In November last year we beat Leeds 4-3. Last February we lost 4-1 at Leicester when the goalscorers included two players currently absent from our side - James Maddison and Rodrigo Bentancur.

Did you know? - Eric Dier made his Spurs official debut against West Ham at Upton Park on 16th August, 2014. Eric capped that debut with our only goal to win the game in the last minute! That was Eric's one and only goal against "The Hammers". He has now scored 12 league goals for Spurs. Eric made his 350th club appearance in last season's home win against "The Hammers".

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