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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             26  11   3  12   34- 35  36
Total (Prem)     52  25  10  17   76- 61  85   1.63 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)     52  25  10  17   76- 61  85
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     138  58  33  47  217-191 182

Last Six Premier League results:-

West Ham   -    DLLLLW

West Ham   2-2    Man City
Brighton   3-1    West Ham
West Ham   0-2    Man City
Nottm F'st 1-0    West Ham
West Ham   0-2    Brighton
A. Villa   0-1    West Ham

Spurs      -    WWWDWW
Spurs      1-0    Burnley
Norwich    0-5    Spurs
Spurs      4-1    S'hampton
Chelsea    2-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Wolves
Nottm F'st 0-2    Spurs

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs     4  3  1  0   9-3    6   10
16. West Ham  4  1  0  3   1-5   -4    3 

It's their "Cup Final!" Form can be discounted.

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Spurs are now unbeaten in their last 10 games (W7 D3)in which they have scored 22 and conceded just five goals. West Ham on the other hand have won just two of their last 10 league games, and scored 10 goals, conceding 14. "The Hammers" have had the misfortune to play both Manchester City and Brighton in their last two games of last season, and again in the first three this season. They lost twice to Brighton but managed a draw in May against City. On form, you'd make us favourites to win tomorrow, but it's a "Cup Final" and form goes out of the window!

Until Sunday, West Ham's August goal of the month award had no entrants, but Fornals' deflected looping goal at Villa Park at least got them off the mark. Let's hope they don't manage a goal against us. Our overall, and recent Premier League record against "The Hammers", especially away from home, makes this an even contest. We won 3-1 at home in March, but lost the preceding two league games at The London Stadium.

After our 1-0 defeat last October, Nuno had two more games before he was sacked, after whch the Conte revolution began. Michail Antonio, who is 32 now, scored in that game, as he often has against Spurs but it looks as if David Moyes is seeking re-inforcements for his front line, after signing striker Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo for £30.5 million. Only yesterday, the signing of midfielder Lucas Paqueta from Lyon, for what could be a record fee, was finalised. West Ham also paid Maxwell Cornet's £17.5 million release clause to sign him from relegated Burnley.

We started our last game against West Ham in March this year level on points, but below "The Hammers" on goal difference. West Ham were fifth in the table and we were seventh. Our 3-1 win took us up to fifth, above Man Utd, whereas "The Irons" fell to seventh. We won 6 of our last 9 games to claim a place in the Champions League, whereas West Ham managed just two wins in their last 8 games and have had to enter the play-off round of the Europa Conference League. West Ham also lost both legs of their Europa League semi-final game against tournament winners Eintracht Frankfurt. "The Hammers" played, and beat Viborg 6-1 on aggregate in their play-off, so they do have third tier European football to play this year. It's a rare thing these days for them to play European football, let alone in two consecutive seasons. Jarrod Bowen scored a particularly good goal with a left foot shot from outside the area in the first leg against Viborg at home.

Declan Rice was banned for two European games after he accused a referee of “corruption” following West Ham United’s defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt last season. Rice is now the club captain after Mark Noble's retirement at the end of last season.

There were emotional scenes as the West Ham fans paid tribute to club captain and one-club faithful servant Mark Noble, who made his final home appearance from the bench in their penultimate game last season (against Manchester City) , having previously announced his retirement, aged 35. Noble made a total of 550 appearances for the club. Noble was in tears before and after the game. Only five players in West Ham’s history have played more games. These were Billy Bonds (799), Frank Lampard (senior) (670), Bobby Moore (647), Trevor Brooking (643) and Alvin Martin (596). Noble was embraced warmly by Pep Guardiola, which was a touch of class.

One of West Ham's early signings this summer was Morocco international defender Nayef Aguerd, but he has yet to play after suffering a pre-season ankle injury. Aaron Cresswell is being assessed following a groin injury suffered on Sunday. He has cover in the form of former Chelsea left back Emerson Palmiri, who made his debut and played the first half at Villa. The Hammers also have doubts about Craig Dawson and Ben Johnson.

West Ham also have a new 25-year-old defender Thilo Kehrer, who made 56 league starts for PSG in the last 4 seasons. He plays central or right side, and has played 90 minutes in the last two games. Former Spur Ryan Fredericks was released at the end of his contract and is now on Bournemouth's books, although he has yet to play for his new club. Andriy Yarmolenko left and was signed by Arabic side Al-Ain.

Both Cristian Romero and Oliver Skipp have returned to training, but Antonio Conte will wait for fitness reports before the game. Lucas Moura's absence from the squad at Forest has been explained by a sore tendon and he will miss this game, and one or two more, I suspect. Bryan Gil is also not available. Tomorrow's game kicks off at 7.45pm and is being shown on BT SPORT. I am hoping for a 2-1 win. I suspect we will see a first start for Richarlison, playing either side of Harry Kane, with either Son or Kulsevski on the bench. We might see a switch of one or both wing-backs.

Our match referee Peter Bankes has been in the middle for three Premier League games already this season. This is his sixth Spurs game, having last refereed us in our league cup win at Burnley last October. Mr.Bankes' last West Ham game was a home defeat against Brentford, also last October. Let's hope for a repeat!

Did you know? - Apart from following in Spurs' footsteps by winning the 1965 Cup-Winners' Cup Final (played at Wembley), West Ham also reached the Final in 1976, losing 4-2 to Anderlecht. That game was almost a home match for the Belgian side, as it was played at Heysel Stadium, subsequently the scene of great tragedy when Liverpool met Juventus in the 1985 European Cup Final.

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