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West Ham v Tottenham: Matchday 36 Thread

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Can WHUFC spoil the title for 1 London club for another?

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It’s a late season Friday night London Derby to entertain us all, as West Ham United are at home to face title contending Tottenham in their antepenultimate game of the 2016-17 season.

The Hammers defense has been terrific over the last two weeks, recording back to back clean sheets against Everton and Stoke City. Unfortunately, the goals haven’t come on the other side of the field for Slaven Bilic’s men.

And once more, the Croatian manager will be without his two main forwards as both Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are again injured. Sakho has been officially ruled out for the last three games by Bilic, as his back troubles continue to persist. Meanwhile, Carroll (groin) could not pass a late fitness test for yet another time this season and isn’t even in the 18 vs Spurs.

Arthur Masuaku is also unavailable for the Hammers, as Aaron Cresswell returns to the left back starting role in replacement of his position partner.

If the Hammers are to keep a clean sheet for a third consecutive match, they will have to defend even better than in the last fortnight, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side are a potential Chelsea collapse away from winning the Premier League title. Danny Rose (knee) is the only notable absence for this formidable Tottenham outlet, lead by the in-form quartet of Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

West Ham lost in agonizing fashion to Tottenham 3-2 at White Hart Lane in November after being up 2-1 late. Can they place themselves in a position to win and end Tottenham’s title hopes like Chelsea did in devastating fashion last year? Or will it be a Spurs sweep?

We’ll all find out.

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