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Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United: Premier League Matchday Twenty-One

In a Game Week 21 encounter that was rescheduled from last Sunday (31 December 2017), David Moyes’ Hammers make the trip to face off with Mauricio Pochettino’s Lilywhites, in what is expected to be a classic, feisty London Derby.

Spurs go into the clash off the back of an impressive and comfortable away win at the Liberty Stadium on just Tuesday night, meanwhile, the Irons were also in action that evening and also claimed all three points, downing West Bromwich Albion and balancing the scales nicely for an intriguing affair.


The tie is scheduled to take place tonight (Thursday 4 January 2018), with a kick-off time 8 PM GMT and live Television coverage in the UK being provided by Sky Sports, on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.

If you don’t have access to a TV this evening, however, you can tune into live Radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, or alternatively, head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter where you will find live build-up, updates and reaction from the Capital City fixture.


The visit of Moyes’ boys will be held at the Iconic National Stadium of Wembley, temporarily being used by Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, whilst their White Hart Lane Ground is being rebuilt.

Ironically, the venue underwent a similar renovation project throughout the noughties, reopening in 2007 with a capacity of 90,000, making it the largest Football Stadium in Great Britain.

This evening will be only the eleventh English Top-Flight match that the venue has hosted, and the eleventh time that the East Londoners have visited the Stadium, with highlights including a European Cup Winner’s Cup triumph in 1965 and FA Cup wins in 1964, 1976 and 1980.

The last time that the Hammers visited the West London venue came in October of last year, a Carabao Cup Round Four tie that was won by the visitors with a thrilling second-half comeback, goals from Andre Ayew and Angelo Ogbonna cancelling out earlier strikes from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli.

Team News:

Lilywhites Manager Pochettino is expected to be without key defender Danny Rose once more as he is an injury doubt, so too midfielder Mousa Dembele, although the pair are expected to be put through late fitness tests.

There is some positive news for the hosts in the return of Victor Wanyama, he hasn’t started a game since the first month of the camping, while Harry Kane has recovered from illness and is being tipped to regain his place in the starting Xl.

Hammers Boss Moyes confirmed in his Pre-Tottenham Hotspur Presser, which MooreThanJustAClub were fortunate enough to be in, that he is waiting on news of whether several of his stars will be ready to make the trip.

These include Diafra Sakho, Ayew, Reece Oxford and the latest Aaron Cresswell, he was substituted in the Baggies victory with a back problem, while centre-back James Collins and pacey attacker Michail Antonio are more likely to remain sidelined.


The teams of Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United form one of the great local rivalries that exists in modern Football, one that has been played Competitively a remarkable 208 times since the first matchup in 1898.

The overall record though, makes for grave viewing for any member of the Claret & Blue Army as the North London club have claimed 94 victories, to the Irons’ 63 triumphs and the spoils have been shared on just 51 occasions.

Notable past meetings between the two sides, situated within 12 miles of each other, include the hosts’ thrilling 3-4 at Upton Park in early 2007, the visitors 0-3 outing at White Hart Lane in autumn 2013 and who could forget the thrilling February 2015 draw at the Lane?

The last time that the pair faced off, the aforementioned five-goal entertainer was played out at the National Stadium, whatever happens today, expect goals as the last ten playing’s of this fixture have produced 32, five of them won by West Ham and four of them claimed by Tottenham.

The Opposition:

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was founded in 1882, 135 years ago, as Hotspur FC and has always been one of the great driving forces in English Football ever since.

The traditional Cockney club have an impressive collection of Trophies which includes two English Top-Flights, eight FA Cups, four League Cups, two UEFA Cups and a single European Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as four FA Community Shields.

They are also famous for developing such players as record-breaking forward Kane, Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and England Internationals Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Alli, Rose, Harry Winks in recent years, whilst challenging for the PL title in each of the past two seasons.

Nowadays, under experienced Argentinian Boss Pochettino, Spurs are sitting fifth in the PL Standings, having emerged victorious in five of their last six League games, but most of their success in the last few months has come in the Champions League, topping their Group and setting up a tie with Juventus on the Knockout Stages.

Who Is Officiating?

The evergreen Select Group Referee Mike Dean will be the man in the middle this evening, Assisting him will be Simon Long and Daniel Cook, while Roger East will be taking up the role of Fourth Official.

So, now that the Wembley Stadium scene has been well and truly set for a night of feisty spoils and thrills at the highest level, will Pochettino’s men take all three points to climb into the top four?

Or, can Moyes’ boys take a huge leap to safety and continue to rise up the Table? Think you know? Head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to cast your last-minute score predictions and join the pre-match discussion.