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Full-time: West Ham 1-0 Tottenham

  • Man of the Match Manuel Lanzini powers home from close range in the 65th minute to all but end below-par Tottenham's Premier League title hopes and guarantee safety for West Ham
  • Wins for leaders Chelsea against Middlesbrough and West Brom would see Antonio Conte's men wrap up the title before Spurs host Manchester United in their next match
  • The Blues need six points from their final four games to seal success
  • Victory for West Ham also a huge shot in the arm for underfire manager Slaven Bilic, whose future was said to hinge on his side's performances in their final two home outings

That is all from me, but keep your eyes peeled on IBTimes UK for post-match reaction from both Bilic and Pochettino. We will also be back on Sunday to bring you live coverage of Liverpool vs Southampton and Arsenal vs Manchester United.

Until next time, farewell.

In addition to ending their rivals' pursuit of a first top-flight title for 56 years, such a morale-boosting win secures another season of Premier League football for West Ham and provides a sizeable boost to Bilic's hopes of remaining in his current role beyond the end of the season.

Only a second win in 12 games, the Hammers are now unbeaten in their last five. Liverpool visit London Stadium next before the season ends with a potentially tricky trip to Burnley.

Barring an extraordinary turn of events, that is the title race now done and dusted. Chelsea, who have a very favourable run-in, need just six points from their last four games to guarantee success.

Wins on Monday and Friday at home to Middlesbrough and away at West Brom would see Antonio Conte's side wrap things up before Tottenham play again against Manchester United next weekend.

It's been a truly valiant late challenge from Spurs, but once again a poor result in a London derby has cost them. A 10th straight victory would have seen them narrow the gap to just a single point.


West Ham 1-0 Tottenham

Tottenham fail to create any late momentum and West Ham so nearly notch a second goal on the counter through substitute Fletcher.

The final whistle sounds.

Alli takes a tumble at the back post and his hopeful penalty appeals fall on deaf ears. Trippier is then booked for cynically halting a West Ham counter.

Spurs overload the West Ham box but Trippier's cross is overhit and sails out of play.

Fernandes comes on for goalscorer Lanzini, who is deservedly treated to a standing ovation.


Ashley Fletcher for the underwhelming Calleri is Bilic's second substitution. The fourth official's board goes up again and reveals five minutes of additional time.

Will there be a late twist in the tale?

Eriksen engineers a small pocket of space and proceeds to fire a shot just wide. Time is running out for Spurs.

Somewhere in West London, Antonio Conte will be grinning like the Cheshire Cat.

Noble skews a shot wide after positive work from Lanzini and a distracting dummy run from Cresswell.

A crucial intervention from Fonte prevents the ball running through for Eriksen in the six-yard box.

Ben Davies flattens Noble and Byram has to stop Kouyate and Alli squaring up to one another as tempers fray.

Bilic's first change sees Ayew make way for Robert Snodgrass.

Pochettino turns to his bench for the third and final time with 10 minutes remaining. Walker is replaced by Trippier.

What a save!

Vertonghen is inexplicably robbed of possession in his own penalty area by Calleri. The Deportivo Maldonado loanee then drifts beyond Alderweireld before unleashing a powerful shot that is excellently beaten away.

That really should have been 2-0.

Wanyama is the man to make way for Janssen, who plays a great one-two with Alli. The England midfielder tries to set up Kane, but his low pass arrives too late.

Byram tries to swap shirts with the elusive Son and receives a yellow card for his troubles. Tottenham are preparing to send on Vincent Janssen.

Pochettino responds to that setback by replacing Vertonghen with Moussa Dembele.

West Ham still in the ascendancy as Lanzini and Noble both shoot over the crossbar.

Deadlock broken after an untidy scramble in the Spurs box. Cresswell and Byram both provide crosses and Jan Vertonghen blocks Ayew's shot before Lanzini powers home from close range.

Is that the death knell for the title race and a goal that goes a long way to saving Bilic's job?

Manuel Lanzini

Goal: West Ham 1-0 Tottenham (Manuel Lanzini)

Just past the 60-minute mark and Adrian is called into action once more. The inconsistent Spaniard gets down low to push clear Son's strike after a smart decoy run from Walker occupies the attention of James Collins.

A fine pass from Walker frees up Son and the South Korean forward, who needs just one more goal to reach 20 for the season, quickly picks out Eriksen for a disappointingly tame shot that is easily gathered by Adrian.


Calleri puts too much power on a through ball for Ayew and that allows a grateful Lloris to make the clearance.

Preciously little space for Alli and Kane to work in that Tottenham final third. West Ham are doing a commendable job of keeping their main attacking threats at bay.

Calleri attracts the ire of his teammates after overhitting a simple cross.

Fonte and Byram combine to good effect down the right-hand channel and the latter's precise cutback is lifted over by Ayew.

Byram is forced to guide Wanyama's impressive cross behind for a corner. Alderweireld then gets to the ball first but is unable to divert his header on target.

The second half is underway. 45 minutes remain for Tottenham to keep their title bid alive.

There have been a few decent chances and no shortage of feisty tackles, but it's honours even at the break.

Bilic will be pleased with the effort of his side, who have largely frustrated Spurs thus far and provided their own threat going forward.


West Ham 0-0 Tottenham

The fourth official indicates a minimum of two minutes of added time at the end of the first half. Plenty of anodyne possession for Tottenham as West Ham maintain their defensive shape.

Tottenham probe patiently in search of an opening, but it's not happening for the usually influential Alli.


Winston Reid overruns the ball in the middle of the park and his subsequent lunge on Wanyama earns a yellow card.

The Tottenham midfielder will require treatment.

Dier sets up Christian Eriksen for a low left-footed effort that fizzes wide of Adrian's right-hand post. The Dane wants a corner, but the referee signals for a goal kick.

At the other end, Kouyate produces another woeful finish.

Wonderful tracking back from Wanyama to emphatically dispossess Ayew, whose free-kick appeals are promptly dismissed.

Another period of sustained Tottenham pressure ends with Toby Alderweireld firing wide.

It's end-to-end stuff just at the moment. This game is heating up nicely as we pass the half-hour mark.

Having seen Lanzini spring the offside trap with Walker pushed way too far forward, Lloris races off his line to smash the former River Plate playmaker.

West Ham scream for a penalty as Kouyate miscues the rebound, but Taylor says no. Replays show that Lloris' knee just got a touch on the ball before he wiped out Lanzini.

Controversial? Bilic is certainly incensed.

Manuel Lanzini

Dier shows great determination to get across his marker at the front post and Adrian pushes his goal-bound header behind for another corner.

Pressure mounting from Spurs now.

Having made a tentative start to the evening, Spurs suddenly burst into life after a long ball forward towards Heung-Min Son.

Adrian spills a tame shot from Kane but quickly makes up for it by denying his next attempt with a tremendous one-footed save.

Dele Alli also saw a shot cannon back off Jose Fonte in the middle of that scramble.


An uncharacteristic error from Lloris, who slices the ball out of play for a throw-in under little pressure.

Kouyate is somewhat fortunate to avoid a caution for a crude block on Walker.

A naughty sliding challenge from Noble on Dier sees the Hammers skipper join Walker in the book.

To say that tackle was late would be an understatement.

Walker leaves his foot in on Lanzini and picks up the first yellow card of the evening.

The initial free-kick is flicked on by Calleri before being headed straight at Hugo Lloris by Cheikhou Kouyate.

Calleri releases Cresswell with a sumptuous backheel and only a late headed intervention from Wanyama prevents Byram from nodding in at the back post.

Victor Wanyama fouls Lanzini and the hosts have a free-kick in a dangerous area. The Argentine's deep delivery leaves a lot to be desired, however.

West Ham are getting plenty of men behind the ball during these early stages.

They look to spring forward quickly on the counter-attack and Manuel Lanzini directs a shot narrowly wide after being teed up nicely by Andre Ayew.

Should he have squared that for Jonathan Calleri?

Kane looks to test Adrian with an early strike from distance that trickles well wide.

That half-chance was created by a crunching sliding tackle from Eric Dier that felled not one but two West Ham players.

IBTimes UK's European football correspondent Eduardo Fernandez-Abascal is on location for us tonight. He will have all the post-match reaction from both managers.


Referee Anthony Taylor gets this derby off and running. Deafening noise coming from around the stadium.

The teams have emerged from the tunnel and we are almost ready for kick-off at a raucous London Stadium.


Pochettino views this game as a good chance to try and unnerve Chelsea ahead of their meeting with Middlesbrough on Monday...

I think it's important for us of course and for the Premier League to put pressure, to keep interest until the end of the season. But of course it's a great opportunity for us, Friday, to try to reduce the gap and put a little bit of pressure on them.

It's true that the gap is important, only four games to play, but of course we will play another derby against West Ham and it will be very, very tough game. But in our mind we only try to go and play and try to get three points as that's our challenge, to be in the title race at the end of the game for the title.

More from Bilic ahead of tonight's clash...

This is a big match anyway. It is a derby, whether you need the points or not; it's a derby game against Spurs at our stadium. They need points, we need points, so it is a massive game for us and a massive game for them. We will try to get the points that will mathematically secure our status.

You don't need extra motivation when you play against Tottenham. Last season's game at Upton Park, when we beat them 1-0, was one of the most electric atmospheres. It is a big game for us, a big game for the supporters, it is under the lights which is always a special one, and we are ready for it.

West Ham have endured a difficult first season since departing Upton Park and performances on their own patch have been less than stellar.

With an ominous-sounding summer review on the horizon, reports suggest that Bilic's future hinges on his side's displays in these final two home matches of the season against Tottenham and Liverpool.

Ending Spurs' title hopes could be massive for the Croatian, although a sorry run of four draws and 10 defeats against teams currently in the top eight hardly bodes well.

"It is not the time to talk about that," Bilic said yesterday of speculation surrounding his position. "It is not about individuals, it is about the club. I am calm and totally focused on the game. The only thing I am thinking about is the match against Spurs."


Mauricio Pochettino's only alteration from a mightily impressive 2-0 North London derby defeat of listless Arsenal that ensured Spurs will finish above their main rivals for the first time since 1995 sees Kieran Trippier make way for Kyle Walker at right-back.

Reports this week have suggested that Walker is looking to leave White Hart Lane after being left out of two of the biggest matches of the season against the Gunners and Chelsea, although Pochettino insists that he remains focused on the task at hand amid apparent interest from the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Barcelona.

"All 21 players are focused to help achieve the things we want to achieve," he said. "I am so calm. The players are calm. It's important that the fans know that the players are calm and we will see at the end of the season whether the rumours are true."

Bilic makes three changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Stoke last weekend. Sam Byram, Aaron Cresswell and captain Mark Noble all start, while Edimilson Fernandes and Havard Nordtveit drop to the bench.

Carroll and Masuaku both miss out.


The team sheets are in. Stay tuned...

Many might view this typically tempestuous London derby as a very strange choice for a late evening kick-off and there will be a significant police presence in Stratford both before and after the game.

In a message sent to home supporters and repeated in tonight's matchday programme, West Ham chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan urge fans to "remember that every supporter attending the match is acting as an ambassador for West Ham United and their behaviour should reflect the values and standards of this great club".

They also appeal to those that witness anything unacceptable to report it to the authorities.

"As always, the club will be operating a strict zero tolerance policy on all anti-social, discriminatory or abusive behaviour, and will seek banning orders for anybody who is proven to be in contravention of this policy," they add.

"With a significant police presence at the fixture, and state of the art Panomera CCTV throughout the stadium, please feel confident that anyone behaving inappropriately will not go unnoticed."

Tottenham's injury situation remains largely the same, with Danny Rose expected to resume first-team training next week after more than three months on the sidelines with a serious knee problem.

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

Before we get wind of tonight's official team news, let's run you through all the latest injury lines - starting with West Ham.

Bilic is set to make a late call on the fitness of Andy Carroll, with the towering striker missing the last three matches due to a groin issue.

Andy Carroll

Left-back Arthur Masuaku also faces a late test on a sore foot. None of Diafra Sakho, Michail Antonio, Pedro Obiang or Angelo Ogbonna are expected to play again this term.

The calm before the storm....


After a curious five-month absence in which most people likely forgot that it was ever really a thing, Friday night Premier League football returns to television screens tonight as West Ham United host Tottenham Hotspur in what promises to be a particularly juicy derby at London Stadium.

Winners of nine consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since 1960, a 10th victory on the bounce for in-form Spurs would cut the title gap to just a solitary point and leave leaders Chelsea stewing somewhat ahead of their Monday evening clash with relegation candidates Middlesbrough.

West Ham vs Tottenham

The 15th-place Hammers, winners of only one of their last 11 matches but unbeaten in four, are certainly not in any immediate danger of slipping through the trapdoor but still require a couple more points to absolutely guarantee safety as rumours regarding the future of underfire manager Slaven Bilic continue to swirl.

Let's hope everyone is on their best behaviour...