West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

West Ham: Adrian, Collins, Reid, Fonte, Byram, Noble, Kouyate, Cresswell, Lanzini, Ayew, Calleri. Subs: Randolph, Nordtveit, Feghouli, Snodgrass, Fletcher, Fernandes, Rice.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker, Wanyama, Eriksen, Davies, Alli, Son, Kane. Subs: Janssen, Vorm, Nkoudou, Trippier, Sissoko, Wimmer, Dembele.

Friday night football is back! Yes it is. It seemed to have been quietly shelved after what was, by some accounts, a pretty inauspicious start but tonight we’ve the first Friday evening Premier League fixture of 2017 and what a game it is.

Or what a game it could be. You have to fear that Spurs, straining all the while to stay in touch with Chelsea, might in the end start to flag but there is little sign of that currently and a 10th – 10th! – consecutive league victory here would put them just a point shy of the lead until Monday night. They are absolutely flying and confidence will be sky high after such a commanding performance against Arsenal last weekend. Perhaps they really do have what it takes to bring this all the way to the wire.

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