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Tottenham Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs West Ham

12:30 GMT+3 04/05/2017
Dele Alli Tottenham Arsenal
Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League match at London Stadium on Friday

Saint Totteringham's Day has been vanquished but the London derbies just keep coming for Spurs, with a game against West Ham now looming large on the horizon.

Tottenham beat Arsenal 2-0 in the final north London derby at White Hart Lane to confirm that they will finish above the Gunners for the first time in 22 years, and subsequently remain in the title race, four points behind leaders Chelsea, who won 3-0 at Everton on Sunday.

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Mauricio Pochettino's men now face a West Ham side who have endured an underwhelming season, and who are not yet mathematically safe from relegation. The Irons, though, will hope to claim a prized scalp and end the title hopes of one of their most hated rivals.


Spurs came through the north London derby unscathed and only have long-term absentees on the sidelines.

Both Erik Lamela and Harry Winks are definitely out, while uncertainty surrounds the fitness of Danny Rose.

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Mauricio Pochettino talked up the possibility of the left-back returning for the clash with Arsenal but he was not even named on the bench, and Ben Davies is likely to start at left wing-back.

Mousa Dembele could be restored to the starting line-up, too, having been left out of the game against the Gunners as a precautionary measure.


Spurs have no players suspended for the encounter with West Ham.


Mauricio Pochettino has only rotated his team when absolutely necessary, and it will be interesting to see if he makes any changes to the team that defeated Arsenal so impressively.

Spurs were rarely troubled by Arsene Wenger's side and could have won the game by a far more convincing margin, had it not been for the inspired form of Petr Cech in the Gunners goal.

Spurs started in a 4-2-3-1 formation - a system that is conducive to switching to three at the back if necessary - with both Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier in midfield. Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min started on the flanks, with Eriksen continually drifting inside.

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It would not be a surprise if Spurs reverted to three at the back against the Hammers, however, with the club surely hoping to overwhelm Slaven Bilic's side. West Ham have, after all, conceded 59 goals thus far this season.

Elsewhere, Kieran Trippier replaced Kyle Walker at right wing-back in the derby, a decision that surprised many fans. Walker has been heavily linked with a move away from the club in recent weeks and speculation abounds that Pochettino is hoping to prove a point by leaving the England international out.


West Ham have endured a difficult season, with their move to the London Stadium presenting more questions than answers.

It should not be forgotten that the club's crown jewel, Dimitri Payet, decided to leave in January, heading home to France to join Marseille.

The Hammers have also had to endure an injury crisis, with seven players currently on the treatment table.

Arthur Masuaku is likely to return after a knock, but Diafra Sakho (back) and Andy Carroll (groin) are also potential absentees, presenting Slaven Bilic with a major striking headache.

Elsewhere, Michail Antonio (hamstring), Pedro Obiang (ankle), Angelo Ogbonna (knee) and Gokhan Tore (knee) will definitely miss out.

However, it cannot be discounted that West Ham will be desperate to end Spurs' faint title hopes and land a marquee result at the London Stadium, with the old adage that 'form goes out of the window' potentially prescient.

Bilic will certainly hope so, with speculation over his future continuing to rage and the grim spectre of relegation continuing to follow the club.


  • West Ham have picked up just one win from their last five Premier League meetings with Spurs (D1 L3), though it did come in this fixture last season (1-0 at Boleyn Ground).

  • Spurs will have the chance to achieve a league double over West Ham for the first time since 2012/13, in what was Andre Villas-Boas' only full season at the club.

  • The Hammers could win back-to-back home games against Spurs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1998/99, 1999/00.


The game is due to kick off at 20:00 on Friday and will be televised live on Sky Sports in the UK.