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West Ham v Spurs OPTA preview

Posted on 31 January 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

West Ham United

Upton Park

Wednesday 31st January, 2001

Tottenham Hotspur
23 Games 24
ATTACKING
32 Goals scored 30
1.39 Ave goals per game 1.25
46% Shooting Accuracy 43%
12% Goals to shots % 12%
PASSING
7883 Passes 9499
69% Pass completion % 70%
DEFENDING
70% Tackle success rate % 71%
27 Goals conceded 34
1.17 Ave goals conceded per game 1.42
DISCIPLINE
299 Fouls 368
40 Yellow cards 31
1 Red cards 2

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham make the short journey across the capital on Wednesday night looking to secure their first league 'double' of the season at Upton Park. A Sol Campbell header was enough for Spurs to claim all three points in September, but George Graham's team may find the going tough at a ground where they have not tasted success for more than six years.

The Hammers will be seeking to eradicate the memory of their last home game, which ended in a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Sunderland, as West Ham continued their inconsistent run of form. The east Londoners have managed just one win in their last seven league outings and have slipped to 12th in the table as a result.

But manager Harry Redknapp has a talented squad at his disposal that is more than capable of finishing in the top six. The midfield trio of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick are all England stars in the making and each brings a different attribute to the team.

Former England under-21 skipper Lampard has fired in 31 shots at goal and scored twice, Cole has successfully completed 70% of his 84 jinking dribbles and runs, and Carrick is only one challenge short of making a century of tackles for the Hammers this season - more than any other Premiership player.

However, West Ham's playmakers will face a stern test against a determined Tottenham side that has completed a higher percentage of its passes, and that also boasts a marginally superior tackle success rate.

The big difference between the two rivals is in defence. Only five teams have conceded more goals than the Lilywhites this term, although their last two games have ended goalless, implying that there is now a degree of stability in place.

Graham has utilised Gary Doherty at the back alongside Sol Campbell and Chris Perry in recent matches and his presence has certainly helped plug the gaps. The versatile Irishman can also play as a striker but was the first to admit: "After a couple of good performances at the back I think the gaffer sees me there. I'm not going to close the door on playing up front but at the moment I want to be a defender."

It is little wonder that Doherty is preferred in this role after the former Luton player completed a staggering 29 clearances, blocks and interceptions at Goodison Park a couple of weeks ago. And this is the sort of resilience Spurs will need to display against a West Ham team that enjoy marauding forward with pace and deadly intent.

There is a history of close encounters between the two London clubs and it has been six years since either team won by more than a one-goal margin. With this in mind, surreysports.com are offering odds of 6/1 on a 1-0 home win.

Mark Willis

Matchday Referee: N Barry

Neale Barry can be found inconspicuously sitting in the middle of the referees' table at present after presiding over 11 matches this season. The official has yet to award a penalty in 2000-01 and should be a good choice to take charge of a derby game, which will be fuelled enough by passion without the added ingredient of controversy.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
N Barry 316 0 31 2 38.27

PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Carrick v King

TEAM NEWS
West Ham are set to be unchanged from the team that beat Man United in the FA Cup as manager, Harry Redknapp, has the same squad to choose from. Spurs are ready to hand a debut to on-loan signing, Andy Booth.
FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
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West Ham:
Kanoute 9/2
Di Canio 5/1
Camara 13/2
Lampard 10/1
Sinclair 12/1
Cole 12/1
Carrick 16/1
Lomas 20/1
Moncur 20/1
Dailly 33/1
S Pearce 33/1
Schemmel 33/1
Song 33/1
Soma 50/1
Winterburn
Tihinen 50/1
Potts 66/1
No Goalscorer
8/1
Tottenham:
Ferdinand 13/2
Rebrov 15/2
Doherty 8/1
Korsten 10/1
Anderton 12/1
Leonhardsen 12/1
Sherwood 14/1
Davies 20/1
King 25/1
Clemence 25/1
Carr 33/1
Thatcher 40/1
Young 40/1
Campbell 40/1
Freund 40/1
Taricco 50/1
Perry 50/1
No Goalscorer
8/1
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ODDS
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5/6 West Ham win 3/1 Tottenham win 9/4 Draw
West Ham Correct
Score
Tottenham
6/1 1-0 17/2
13/2 2-0 20/1
7/1 2-1 14/1
12/1 3-0 40/1
12/1 3-1 33/1
25/1 3-2 33/1
33/1 4-0 100/1
28/1 4-1 100/1
50/1 4-2 100/1
100/1 5-0 -
100/1 5-1 -
8/1 0-0 8/1
11/2 1-1 11/2
14/1 2-2 14/1
50/1 3-3 50/1
Half-Time/Full Time Double Result
11/5 West Ham West Ham
16/1 West Ham Draw
33/1 West Ham Tottenham
7/2 Draw West Ham
7/2 Draw Draw
7/1 Draw Tottenham
25/1 Tottenham West Ham
16/1 Tottenham Draw
7/1 Tottenham Tottenham
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By Road:

Download directions to Upton Park in Microsoft Word format:

- West Ham.doc
By Rail:
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