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Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United

  • Tottenham were made to settle for a point by a dogged West Ham at Wembley.
  • Pedro Obiang gave Hammers an unlikely lead with a phenomenal 35-yard effort, his side's only shot on target all match.
  • Spurs, who lacked invention, levelled late on thanks to son Heung-min's moment of magic.
  • Tottenham: Lloris (C), Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.
  • West Ham United: Adrián, Rice, Ogbonna, Reid, Noble, Zabaleta, Kouyaté, Obiang, Masuaku, Chicharito, Lanzini.
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Four minutes of stoppage time to play as Tottenham go in search of a late winner. Aurier crosses for Llorente, who is penalised by the referee for shoving Reid. A tad harsh.

West Ham nearly retake the lead after Ayew's effort is stopped by Lloris. Noble's corner is cleared but Zabaleta boots the ball way up the pitch, finding a wandering, offside Carroll, who receives a yellow for booting the ball away.

Anything Obiang can do, Son can do, too!

Lamela feeds Son, who sends a rasping effort past a hapless Adrian to equalise and set up an incredibly nervy final few minutes for West Ham. Two strikes of the highest quality this evening.

GOAL! Tottenham 1-1 West Ham United (Son)

Tottenham win a succession of corners but Wanyama makes an almighty hash of his shot, which spins to Eriksen.

Son jinks and lollipops in an attempt to bamboozle the wily Zabaleta, but his attempted cross is easy for Adrian to claim.

Pochettino set to roll the dice with Llorente, but is it too late? 10 minutes remaining.

It should be 2-0 to West Ham! Obiang picks up the ball on the left flank and delivers a peach of a cross for Kouyate, who failed to execute his header, letting Spurs off the hook while doing so.

Tottenham look to respond immediately through Kane but Adrian is there to deny him on both occasions.

Tottenham now making a double change - Sissoko off for Lamela, while Dier is withdrawn for Victor Wanyama.

Out of absolutely nothing, Obiang beats Lloris from all of 35 yards with an absolutely incredible strike that gives the Frenchman no chance. It's West Ham's first shot on target, but what a shot it was. Stupendous from the Spaniard, who gives the Irons an unlikely lead.

GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 West Ham United (Obiang)

Tottenham inching closer to the opener as Kane shows remarkable composure to control Eriksen's pass and work the ball onto his left foot. His shot is blocked by Zabaleta, and the lofting ball is not dealt with by Adrian, who is perhaps lucky not to give away a penalty after colliding with Alli.

First substitution is made by West Ham - Ayew on for Hernandez.

Zabaleta attempting to stifle Tottenham's flow by staying down to tie his laces. The Argentine was in danger of giving away a penalty on Kane, but Dean never gives away soft spot-kicks.

Tottenham cranking up the pressure as Eriksen and Alli see efforts blocked and spurned. Wonderful play by Aurier to find Alli in the box, but West Ham are still holding on.

Alli gets some joy down the right and managers to find Son in space in the area, but a multitude of deflections help Adrian to pick up the Korean's effort with little fuss.

Claims for a penalty on Alli waved away by Dean as Tottenham pick up the pace. Eriksen, Son and Kane all looking to pick the West Ham lock, but the latter's touch brings to an end any growing momentum.

Kane goes for the spectacular from all of 30 yards, but his rifled effort does not trouble Adrian in the slightest.

Kane almost sets Aurier free in the penalty area but Masuaku reads the danger well.

West Ham then try to break through with Hernandez and Kouyate but were thwarted by Sissoko, who mopped up the danger.

Both sides back out for the second half, which is now underway.

Job half-done for West Ham. Can Alli and co break their resolve in the second half?

Dele Alli and Pedro Obiang
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Eriksen almost finds the back of the net courtesy of a wicked deflection, but the ball just whips over for a corner.

Alli then heads the resulting set-piece, and the miss brings to an end a tepid first-half. Tottenham have not tested Adrian as much as they would have liked, while West Ham's defend first, ask questions later approach has not helped garner an entertaining contest.

Kane and co frustrated by Ogbonna et al so far. Five minutes to go until half-time.

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Hernandez wins a dangerous free-kick out of Vertonghen. Lanzini takes, Alli clears, and Davies sets off the Englishman on an attacking run.

Son then turns brilliantly past Zabaleta, but West Ham eventually recover and clear.

Hernandez almost squeezes the ball through for Obiang but the Mexican cannot navigate a safe passage between Vertonghen's legs.

The Belgian then finds Aurier with a wonderful, ranging pass, but the Ivorian's lay-off was fluffed by Kane, who miscontrolled.

West Ham enjoy a bit of play in Tottenham's half but Masuaku curtails nay momentum with a poor throw. Davies then surges up the field in search of the opener, but Dier eventually kicks the ball into touch.

Tottenham begin to turn the screw through Son, who forces another save out of Adrian, and Eriksen, whose controlled effort does not travel to its intended location.

Kane tests Adrian with a curling effort that is just about dealt with by the Spaniard. Dier then blazes high and over, receiving groans from the home support for his troubles.

Hernandez is fed in the penalty area and fires in a delicious low cross that not claret and blue shirt can get on the end of. A warning for Tottenham, who had become a bit too relaxed.

Alli gets a lucky break but is thwarted by Ogbonna as he attempts to find Kane in the area.

West Ham more than holding their own despite being camped in their own half. Tottenham have not threatened at all in the last few minutes, with Davies' cross comfortably dealt with by Masuaku.

The ball is in the net but Tottenham's celebrations are over as soon as they began. Kane is adjudged offside, rightly by the linesman. The Englishman's effort found its way into the net via Reid, who will no doubt be relieved.

Didn't take long for old Dean to infuriate, did it.

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Another Tottenham move is ended abruptly by Kane's poor pass. West Ham attempt to inch their way up the pitch and almost earn a golden chance through Lanzini, but the Argentine just failed to latch onto Obiang's poor pass.

West Ham have a chance to threaten after Zabaleta was adjudged to have been fouled by Son, but Lanzini's ball is just too high.

Spurs surge up the other end with Davies and Son, but Reid eventually marshals Alli away from danger.

Tottenham firing in a lot of crosses in the early stages, and Adrian's failure to deal with a corner would have provided them with enough encouragement to carry on.

Spurs now dominating West Ham's territory but the pressure is stopped temporarily as Alli fouls Obiang.

First sniff of goal for Kane as he pounces on a ricochet, but his effort, which was going wide, was cleared by Rice for a corner.

Adrian then makes an almighty hash of the set-piece and can thank Rice once more for blocking Sanchez's effort.

Alli wins an early foul after Masuaku trips him. The referee today is the lovable Mike Dean, by the way.

Christian Eriksen gets things underway at Wembley. West Ham immediately win a throw-in from a long ball.

The teams are in the tunnel. Kick-off just moments away.

Just 10 minutes until kick-off now. More than enough time for Tim Sherwood to take some credit for Harry Kane's development. Never change, Tim.

Kane's return to the starting line-up would be bad news for any team, but West Ham have felt his power more than most in recent seasons.

England's greatest hope has scored seven goals in just six matches against the Irons, and you wouldn't bet against him adding to that tally again.

Some pre-match thoughts from Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino:

"It's an important game for us to keep fighting for the top four. The three points are massive for us, as they are for them."

Mauricio Pochettino
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Just 25 minutes remaining until kick-off. A reminder of the team news:

Tottenham: Lloris (C), Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.

West Ham United: Adrián, Rice, Ogbonna, Reid, Noble, Zabaleta, Kouyaté, Obiang, Masuaku, Chicharito, Lanzini.

Some words from Harry Kane ahead of tonight's clash, which is just half an hour away:

"Every derby is different. This is one we look forward to. It will be a tough game and we want to continue our form."

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Moyes has touched upon the absence of Arnautovic:

"Marko has got an injury as well. He's been really important to us, but he's not fit to play tonight."


A recap of Tottenham's team news now, with Kane leading the line. Can he start his journey to beating his own record for Premier League goals scored in a calendar year* tonight?

*Calendar year records are daft.

A brief recap of West Ham's team news, with captain Marky Nobes starting in the heart of midfield. 100% passion, is ol' Mark.

West Ham may have beaten Tottenham in the Carabao Cup earlier this year, but they have only come away from Spurs' home ground with three points once in their last 15 league visits.

A 3-0 win at White Hart Lane back in 2013 lives long in the memory of all Irons supporters.

Ahh. Further travel disruption. Not exactly ideal is it.

West Ham tasted sweet, sweet victory against Tottenham at Wembley earlier this season, but they will have to work extremely hard in order to repeat the feat tonight.

Spurs have banished any lingering suggestion of a Wembley curse in recent weeks, winning six out of their last seven league matches at England's permanent home, drawing the other.

Could be a few empty seats come kick-off time. Well, a few more than normal.

So Harry Kane is fit enough to start for Tottenham, while there is also the welcome sight of midfielder Victor Wanyama, who makes the substitutes' bench after returning to contention against Swansea.

The Kenyan makes up part of a well-balanced midfield trio with Mousa Dembele and Harry Winks, who join him as substitutes. Moussa Sissoko gets the nod in midfield, with Aurier preferred over Trippier.

Harry Kane


West Ham United: Hart, Makasi, Haksabanovic, Carroll, Martinez, Ayew, Quina.


Tottenham: Vorm, Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Winks, Lamela, Llorente.


West Ham United: Adrián, Rice, Ogbonna, Reid, Noble, Zabaleta, Kouyaté, Obiang, Masuaku, Chicharito, Lanzini.



Tottenham: Lloris (C), Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.


The Bobby Moore statue gleaming, like a certain Jules Rimet. #52yearsofhurt

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Team news is just five minutes away. How will Moyes cope without Arnautovic, will Pochettino start Kane, and just how many changes will be made seeing as both sides played 48 hours ago?

Fighting talk from Mr Ogbonna, who once looked at me rather strangely as I walked past him in a shopping centre in east London.

A bit more from Mr Moyes, regarding the fitness of his squad:

"I'm hoping (Aaron) Cresswell's injury doesn't keep him out because we're pretty short in both full-back areas. Until we have got both Sam Byram and Jose Fonte back we're a bit short defensively.

"Reece Oxford kicked the ground in training and has sprained his ankle. He probably might not be fit for (tonight), that's my first thought. The biggest thing is I don't have many changes and I don't have lots of players. I've got some forward players I could change around but I don't have many players in other positions. I'm not carrying any more players."

David Moyes

Some pre-match thoughts from Moyes:

"Spurs have got a really good team. It will be hard work for us but we will go there with the same spirit, same attitude and same determination we've had in all our games. You never know."

David Moyes

Harry Kane has been meandering around his temporary home. He scored a hat-trick on his last match at Wembley, and he'd love to repeat those heroics today.

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Tottenham and West Ham have shared 10 goals equally during their last two meetings, but a Pochettino-Moyes clash never conjures much in the way of excitement.

Pochettino has not tasted defeat against the Scot in the Premier League, but there have only been three goals in the four matches that have seen the pair go toe-to-toe.

Michail Antonio's daft dance moves were born against Spurs. Oh Lloris, why didn't you get a stronger hand to his header?!

The Tottenham boys aren't making any noise but they are making their way into the dressing room. Any selection hints? Did Kane's nose look blocked up?

While news of Dembele's return to fitness will no doubt delight Tottenham fans, West Ham supporters will not want to hear that in-form forward Marko Arnautovic is set to miss the clash at Wembley through injury.

The Austria international has been in spellbinding form under new manager, but after playing through the pain barrier against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, he is forced to sit out of the clash with his side's bitter rivals.

Andy Carroll, the hero against the Baggies, is likely to start.

We start off with some good news for Tottenham; Mousa Dembele has recovered from a hip injury in time to feature against West Ham.

The Belgian, who regularly endures problems with his fluctuating fitness, was passed fit earlier today and will no doubt be involved tonight.

Will he start? Find out in less than half an hour.

Mousa Dembele

Good evening and welcome to IB Times UK's live coverage of Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United.

Spurs and the Hammers are in need of three points for very differing reasons. Mauricio Pochettino's side are looking for a win to close the gap between them and fourth-placed Liverpool to just one point, while victory for David Moyes' side would see them put daylight between themselves and the relegation places.

Tottenham and West Ham have already met twice this season, with both sides savouring 3-2 wins away from home respectively. Tired legs may see goals come at a premium tonight, though, given that both played on Tuesday evening.

Stay with IB Times UK for the latest team news, updates and reaction to all the goings on at Wembley.