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Nails hammered in Spurs’ title bid?

Friday Night Football returns to the Premier League for the first time in 2017. What a way to kick this off as Tottenham head to West Ham in a key game.

 

Spurs have the chance to pile pressure on Chelsea in the title race by closing the gap to a single point.

 

West Ham however need to save Slaven Bilic from the sack so could they hammer some nails into Tottenham’s title hopes?

 

Team News

 

Andy Carroll and Arthur Masuaku must undergo fitness tests as they recover from groin and foot injuries respectively.

 

Michail Antonio, Pedro Obiang, Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho will play no further part this season.

 

Mauricio Pochettino will have Danny Rose unavailable till next week, due to him missing training.

 

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks are all out for the remainder of this season.

 

Pressure on for all

 

Both clubs come into this game under immense pressure.

 

The Hammers need to deliver strong performances, if they are to secure Bilic’s future at the Olympic Stadium.

 

The next two games will determine the Spaniard’s fate making this game all the more important.

 

Tottenham are in a similar situation to last season, where they blew their title chances in a London derby. Could lightning strike twice?

 

The main advantage this time is that they play before their title rivals, so the pressure will shift to Antonio Conte’s men on Monday night.

 

Spurs rule

 

Tottenham have dominated the last 20 fixtures in all competitions with West Ham only avoiding defeat on eight occasions.

 

Since the East London side returned to the top flight in 2012, there have been only nine goals scored at Upton Park.

 

This time,  the fixture is being played at the Olympic Stadium. Could we see a thriller here akin to the reverse fixture back in November, when Bilic’s side blew a 2-1 lead in injury time to lose 3-2?

 

Prediction

 

West Ham will be keen to secure their passage to the 2017-18 season here with victory.

 

Manuel Lanzini will be looking to add to his eight goals in local derbies. He will be lucky to get one against such a tough defence, that has leaked just 22 goals all season.

 

Tottenham however are unbeaten in the League since mid February and come here off the back of winning the North London derby against Arsenal.

 

With everything in the balance for both teams, a draw seems likely. I however reckon that Spurs will have too much quality in them to pull away to a comfortable victory.

 

Prediction: West Ham 1-3 Tottenham

Result: West Ham 1-0 Tottenham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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