One of London football’s great rivalries resumes on Sunday with plenty at stake as Tottenham face West Ham. Both sides are playing catch up in the race for fourth place in the Premier League with Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Aston Villa giving them little room to drop further points before the international break.
Both sides are six points off Arsenal but West Ham have played an additional game, though they do at least have the Europa League as another avenue through which to make a success of their season and potentially qualify for the Champions League. Here is how you can watch the match and everything you need to know:
Date: Sunday, March 20 | Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium — London
TV/Live stream: USA
Odds: Tottenham -143; Draw +270; West Ham +400 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Featured Game | Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United
Tottenham: In a fashion, Spurs have been resolutely consistent of late. Since the turn of the year they have gone W, L, W, L, W, L, W, L, L, W, L, W, D, W, L, W in their games, Wednesday bringing a welcome win over Brighton and Hove Albion before a tricky run of games that starts with the visit of their east London rivals.
Despite the many faces of this Tottenham side Antonio Conte is seeing consistency in the way his side are playing. “I think we’re going step by step and I’m beginning to see my team improving in every game,” he said. Breaking the run of dropped points would be an almighty fillip before they face Newcastle, Aston Villa and Brighton following the international break.
West Ham: Thursday’s thrilling extra time win over Sevilla was worth all the energy expended on the pitch but David Moyes’ side will surely pay the price when they take to the pitch in north London on Sunday. After all this squad, hardly the biggest in the first place, is already stretched fine without Vladimir Coufal and Jarrod Bowen with further fitness tests a given after 120 minutes of football in the Europa League.
“We have a few limping, but you expect that after a tough game,” said Moyes. “We’ll assess them all and see how they are. It’s a bit early to know a lot about the team. We’re a resilient group of players and we hope that we’ll all be fine and we’ll go again.”
This might be a game too far for a drained West Ham side. PICK: Tottenham 2 West Ham 1