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Where and when?

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Friday 5 May 2017, 8pm BST
London Stadium

What’s the story?

The first London Stadium derby between the Hammers and Tottenham Hotspur takes place on Friday night with both teams keen for the points.

While the Hammers are looking for the win which will mathematically seal their Premier League spot, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have their eyes on closing the gap to Chelsea at the top of the standings.

Trailing the Blues by four points, they will be hoping to use Friday’s match as a chance to apply pressure on the west Londoners, who are not in action until Monday.

However, West Ham will recall their last home match against Tottenham, when Spurs arrived in east London knowing three points would have taken them above Leicester City and to the top of the league.

But the Hammers had other ideas, and Michail Antonio’s early header ensured the final Boleyn Ground meeting between the teams would end in the hosts’ favour.

It looked as though November’s game at White Hart Lane would have the same outcome when Manuel Lanzini put West Ham 2-1 up midway through the second half, but a brace of late goals from Harry Kane gave Tottenham a dramatic victory which they have barely looked back from

Nine consecutive Premier League wins have brought them onto Chelsea’s coattails, with Pochettino’s team continuing their considerable progress of the last couple of seasons.

For West Ham, a run of four undefeated has taken them to the brink of mathematical safety and they would love to get the job done on Friday.

Team news

The Hammers will hope to have both Andy Carroll and Arthur Masuaku available to take on Tottenham on Friday.

Carroll has missed the last two games with a groin problem, while Masuaku was forced off at half time of last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Stoke City after picking up a knock. Both players trained on Thursday with a view to being involved in the matchday squad.

However, Pedro Obiang (ankle), Michail Antonio (hamstring) and Angelo Ogbonna (knee) are out, while Diafra Sakho misses out due to a back injury.

Tottenham’s long-term absentees Erik Lamela and Harry Winks are out, but left-back Danny Rose is getting closer to fitness.

Mousa Dembele could return after sitting out their North London derby victory over Arsenal last time out.

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How do I get to the game?

Click here for our comprehensive Matchday Guide, covering everything from directions to catering options and more.

Services running through Stratford Station across National Rail, London Underground, London Overground and TfL Rail are scheduled as normal. Click here for the latest on National Rail services and here for Transport for London.

A cloudy evening is forecast for Friday, with temperature at kick-off at 12C (54F).

How can I watch the game?

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