Referee announced for West Ham Tottenham Carabao Cup clash- Spurs unbeaten this decade under him!

The referee for Wednesday evening’s EFL Cup clash between West Ham and Tottenham at the London Stadium has been announced, and it’s Stuart Attwell, who also presided over the Hammers’ 2-1 loss at home to Bournemouth in the second week of the Premier League back in August.

West Ham are winless in their last three games under Attwell- apart from the loss to the Cherries mentioned above, they were also beaten 4-1 at Anfield in February and drew 1-1 with Burnley in October last year. Attwell has refereed five Premier League games so far in this 18/19 season- West Ham were the only home team to lose.

For the Hammers’ last win with Attwell as referee, one has to go back all the way to February 2011, when they triumphed 3-1 at Bloomfield Road against Blackpool. The victory that evening was secured thanks to a brace from Victor Obinna, with the Nigerian striker also setting up a goal for Robbie Keane. The only potential survivor from that game for West Ham would’ve been Mark Noble, but the veteran is suspended for the Cup clash, having picked up a three game ban for his reckless tackle on Wilfred Ndidi on Saturday.

Spurs are UNBEATEN under Attwell this decade. Their last four games with him in the middle have ALL been wins, and they’ve conceded only once in those four outings.

Spurs games involving Stuart Attwell as referee since 2010

Tottenham 2-0 Newport County (February 2018, FA Cup)
Burnley 0-2 Tottenham (April 2017, Premier League)
Tottenham 3-0 Bolton (December 2011, Premier League)
Blackburn 1-2 Tottenham (October 2011, Premier League)
Tottenham 2-2 West Brom (April 2011, Premier League)
Birmingham 1-1 Tottenham (January 2010, Premier League)

Stuart Attwell

For West Ham, this Cup game represents a chance for them to avenge their league loss to Spurs earlier this month- a fixture many thought the Hammers deserved to at least draw, if not win. However Manuel Pellegrini is walking a tightrope in terms of selections- West Ham have a long injury list and several key players may deserve a rest. Another point- six of the club’s next seven league fixtures (Burnley, Huddersfield, Man City, Newcastle, Cardiff, Palace and Fulham) appear winnable, and it might seem prudent/tempting to focus on the league. However Spurs, it must be remember, lost to West Ham at this same stage of the competition last season, with the visitors coming from 2-0 down to register a famous 3-2 win.

This is Attwell’s second EFL Cup clash this season- he was also the ref when Derby County stunned Man Utd on penalties in the third round.

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