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Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             23  12   6   5   34- 22  42
Away             23  10   3  10   30- 30  33
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Total (Prem)     46  22   9  15   64- 52  75
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Football League
Home (Div 1)     33  17   7   9   65- 51  47
Away (Div 1)     33   9   9  15   45- 54  29
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Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
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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
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Total (Prem)     46  22   9  15   64- 52  75
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
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Grand Total     132  55  32  45  203-182 172
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Last Six Premier League results:-

West Ham   -    DLLDLL

B'mouth    2-2    West Ham
West Ham   1-2    C. Palace
Everton    2-0    West Ham
West Ham   1-1    Sheff Utd
West Ham   2-3    Newcastle
Burnley    3-0    West Ham

Spurs      -    WLDLDD
           
Spurs      2-1    S'hampton
Brighton   3-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    Watford
Liverpool  2-1    Spurs
Everton    1-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    Sheff Utd

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
14. Spurs     12  3  5  4  18-17   1   14
16. West Ham  12  3  4  5  14-20  -6   13

Spurs fans must face the unreal reality

My good friend Declan Mulcahy tells me that Jose Mourinho will be the third consecutive Spurs manager/head coach whose first competitive game will be against West Ham. Mauricio Pochettino's first game was at Upton Park when an added time debut goal by Eric Dier gave us all three points. Eric Dier is a player rated by Mourinho, whose star is likely to rise under the new head coach. After AVB was sacked, Tim Sherwood stepped in on a temporary basis, and his debut game was a home defeat by the "Hammers" in a Capital One Cup game.

BT will be over the moon at the fact that they have chosen what will be Jose Mourinho's very first game as Spurs' head coach - significantly not with the title of manager about which his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino had expressed doubts in one of his press conferences early in the season. Spurs fans have lost the magic of Pochettino. Will we be persuaded to like the "special one". Time will tell.

Time will also tell if Spurs chairman Daniel Levy took a big risk in appointing Mourinho. Would it be a greater or lesser risk to check out this NJ casino list? Spurs fans now face the unreal reality of a manager we used to love to hate (still do?), but not for the first time. Remember the "man in a raincoat"? Older fans will recall the dark days of Terry Neill. Jose's honeymoon period probably lasted no longer than it took most fans to gasp for breath when they heard the news of his announcement on Wednesday morning.

The final International break of the year is over and apart from two more champions League games, we can focus upon a busy Premier League programme until the FA Cup in the New Year. There no less than 9 league games to be played before FA Cup Third Round day. Both Spurs and West Ham will hope they have managed to climb up the table to a safer position by then.

Spurs might be thankful they resume their season with a game against a team still below them in the league table (albeit only one point worse off), and a team in even worse form over the last 6 games. The "Hammers"' last win was on 22nd September. It was a good one - 2-0 at home against Manchester United who have since climbed up to seventh place. With that win Manuel Pelligrini's side went into fourth place until Arsenal won later in the day. Spurs were seventh that weekend and had 8 points. We've gained 6 more points in our last 6 games. West Ham have managed two draws - away to Bournemouth and (like us) 1-1 at home to Sheffield United.

Earlier this week West Ham sarcastically tweeted a "Welcome back Jose" message to the stadium where he lost on his last visit with Manchester United late last September. That tweet has since been deleted.

Like us, West Ham suffered an embarrassing exit in the League Cup. They lost 4-0 to League One Oxford. We were kicked out on penalties at League 2 Colchester. Incidentally, both those lower league sides have quarter-final games next month against the Manchester sides.

West Ham have been missing goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski since he went off with a thigh injury in their game at Bournemouth. Fabianski is unlikely to return much before Christmas and Pelligrini must regret not holding onto Adrian, whose contract was allowed to expire. Adrian went to Liverpool and didn't let them down when Alisson was injured early in the season. Current second choice keeper Roberto has let in 12 goals in his five and a half games since he replaced Fabianski, and also didn't shine in that 4-0 defeat to Oxford. In fairness, his defence didn't play well either!

After losing 5-0 at home to Man City on the opening day of the season The "Hammers" had a decent run with 45 million striker Sebastien Haller looking quite powerful fast and bright. Haller has scored 4 goals to date, but only one since mid-September. Andriy Yarmolenko (once of interest to Spurs) returned from a lengthy injury-caused absence, and has also scored three goals this season, providing for others too. Robert Snodgrass has not started so many games, but he has scored two in his last three games.

Lanzini has a broken collar-bone and will definitely be missing. The injury-prone Jack Wilshere may be available for selection along with Antonio and Noble. Antonio has been out since August, and probably has been missed as much as anybody. Noble started at Burnley but went off with an ankle strain after 20 minutes.

There's no love lost between West Ham and Spurs fans. The "Hammers" will probably crow about being the first team to beat us at our new stadium late last season. They won't be crowing abut last year's home defeat in the league and another home defeat in the Carabao Cup.

It turns out there is also no love lost between the two managers. Mourinho made dsparaging comments a few years ago about Pelligrini accepting a job at Malaga after he took over from him at Real Madrid. Their paths have crossed several times since at different clubs.

Erik Lamela scored our winning goal at The London Stadium last October, but he won't be taking part tomorrow as he continues his rehabilitation. Michel Vorm has suffered a calf strain and won't return before next month. Tanguy Ndombele and Jan Vertonghen also face late fitness assessments. Mourinho's first team selection will inevitably be of interest, and for all the furore surrounding the game it is what happens on the pitch that matters. Of course I am hoping for a Spurs win. I'll go for a 2-1. Let's hope we can grow to like the unreal reality that has been thrust upon us.

Michael Oliver is our match referee tomorrow. His last game with Spurs was the away draw at the Etihad in August when he (and VAR) were given the highest mark (7.1) awarded to any of our officials this season. Mr Oliver's last West Ham game was a home defeat to Crystal Palace in October.

Spurs record in recent London Derby League matches

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. 22nd November, 2009 - A momentous day for none other than ex-Hammer Jermain Defoe as he scored 5 goals in our 9-1 win over Wigan!

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