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HALF TIME: West Ham United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

The whistle goes to end an open and entertaining end-to-end first half. It’s started raining again, by the way.

45 min +3: West Ham only half clear the corner, and from the edge of the D, Bentancur sends a curler towards the top right. It’s wide. Not sure Fabianski had that covered.

45 min +2: A second corner leads to a third. Maddison will take this one as well, if there’s time.

45 min +1: Johnson dribbles purposefully down the right and wins a corner off Kudus. Porro’s outswinger is hooked clear by Emerson …. but Spurs come again through Maddison, whose jinky run earns another corner. Maddison will take this one himself.

45 min: … and it’ll come in two minutes.

44 min: Maddison then barges Paqueta to the floor at the next opportunity. Up goes the heat. Then Antonio tries to take a quick throw down the left wing, only for Van de Ven to cheekily flick the ball away. Van de Ven becomes the first player to earn a place in the referee’s notebook. A few tempers suddenly rising. Half time can’t come quickly enough.

43 min: Paqueta barges into Maddison. Shoulder to shoulder, but hard. The referee gives Paqueta a good talking-to. Paqueta offers Maddison a hand of apology. It’s brushed away, to pantomime boos.

42 min: Ward-Prowse curls into a packed mixer. Udogie eyebrows away to the right flank. Coufal sends it back in. Bentancur draws a foul from Paqueta and the pressure that had been building on Spurs is released.

41 min: Yet another West Ham corner … but this time it’ll come in from the left, Kudus having won it. Ward-Prowse to take this one.

40 min: Bowen hits this one long. Under extreme pressure from a few claret shirts, Vicario fingertips away from danger.

39 min: Udogie heads this one clear … but once again Bowen comes again, and once more wins a corner on the right. Here we go.

38 min: Coufal flings a long throw in from the right. Bissouma heads it clear, but Bowen comes back at Spurs down the same flank and wins another corner. He’ll take it himself.

36 min: Bowen is skittled 25 yards from goal by Romero. Another Spurs player who is fortunate not to go into the book. Referee John Brooks doing his best Anthony Taylor impression here. Ward-Prowse takes the free kick, and goes for goal, aiming towards the top-right corner. Vicario tips it away confidently.

34 min: Spurs have enjoyed 91 percent of possession during the last five minutes. The London Stadium is a bit subdued as a result.

33 min: The rain has stopped.

32 min: “The big question for West Ham fans is whether Kurt Zouma meant it? Did he back himself to score there?” Justin Kavanagh with the zinger, because somebody had to make it.

It’s great to see Kurt Zouma shoulder some of the goal scoring burden at West Ham. Photograph: Tony O’Brien/Reuters
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30 min: TNT flash up another instructive stat: Spurs have made 193 passes to West Ham’s 77. Johnson nearly makes it 194 but his ball from the right, sent through the Hammers six-yard box, evades Werner, who doesn’t bother to gamble by making a move, though probably should have.

28 min: Porro sends a vicious cross in from the right. Fabianski punches clear spectacularly, and slightly fortunately, the ball slicing off his fists and away from goal. It wasn’t a clean connection, and the ball could easily have flown the other way and into the net.

27 min: Porro has the chance to release Maddison towards goal, but overhits his pass. Both teams are going for this, hell for leather.

26 min: Paqueta busies himself down the inside-left channel. He lays off to Bowen, who from the edge of the D sends the ball goalwards after a weird ricochet. It nearly squirts into the bottom right, but Vicario adjusts quickly to scramble and gather.

25 min: Bissouma comes through the back of Bowen and is fairly fortunate not to go into the book. Perhaps the conditions played a part in the referee’s decision to limit the punishment to a peep of his whistle.

24 min: Bowen barrels down the right and, just for a second, looks like tearing infield towards the Spurs box. But the speedy Van de Ven sticks to his shoulder and eventually eases him off the ball. Bowen wants a free kick, but he’s not getting one; it was excellent defending. Great play all round, in fact.

22 min: Paqueta floats a diagonal ball in from the left. Antonio nearly executes a glorious chest down on the edge of the D, but before he can turn and shoot, he slips and handles as he falls. Ah well. The London Stadium is bouncing, and no wonder: this is a really entertaining game!

20 min: Told you this wouldn’t end 0-1. It won’t end 1-1 either. I’m really not going too far out on a limb here.

GOAL! West Ham United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Zouma 19)

Bowen curls the corner deep. Zouma rises highest and meets the ball, six yards out. It flies into the top left … of the defender’s back. What an odd finish, slapping in off Zouma’s number four, but the teams are level and the place erupts!

Kurt Zouma scores with a deft, er, backer. They all count. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP
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18 min: The Coufal-Bowen combination down the right looks West Ham’s best bet. They exchange passes again and win another corner. It’s West Ham’s third of the game already. And from it …

17 min: Paqueta, who has been West Ham’s most prominent and effective defender so far this evening, and that tells a tale, heads the free kick clear.

16 min: Paqueta nudges Udogie to the ground as the marauding Spurs left-back makes good down his wing. Free kick. Everyone piles into the box. Maddison to send it in.

Destiny Udogie is nudged over by Lucas Paqueta. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Action Images/Reuters
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15 min: That chance for Son was the result of Fabianski and Mavropanos dithering under no pressure over a low Johnson cross from the right, allowing Werner and Udogie to step in and steal the ball. It was then worked to Son, the keeper making up for his initial mistake. The home fans sound concerned. West Ham look super-shaky at the back, their confidence shattered by the Toon last weekend.

13 min: A bit of space for Son, 20 yards out. He drops a shoulder and aims for the top right. He doesn’t quite catch it and Fabianski claims.

12 min: Maddison steams down the middle and finds Son on the right. He keeps going and should get the ball back, but as he prepares to enter the area, Paqueta intercepts Son’s careless pass.

10 min: Spurs work the ball this way and that. Porro then arrives from the right and sends a low diagonal screamer inches wide of the left-hand post. Fabianski probably had that covered, but it was hellishly close. No way is this game going to end 0-1.

9 min: TNT with the stat bomb: West Ham have now conceded four goals in their last 28 minutes of football. That’s not going to make David Moyes very happy, is it?

7 min: West Ham respond well to falling behind. Coufal earns a corner down the right and the set piece isn’t properly dealt with by Vicario. The ball drops to Kudus, who tries to high-kick goalwards from 12 yards. The ball pings off the nearby Romero’s elbow, but it’s just another corner, not a penalty in a million years. Nothing comes of the second corner.

6 min: That was ever so simple but a lovely team goal nonetheless. Maddison’s pass was perfectly weighted, and Werner set it up on a plate for Johnson, who had timed his run in from the other flank perfectly and couldn’t miss.

GOAL! West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Johnson 5)

Werner elegantly dribbles down the inside-left channel, having been sent clear by Maddison. He whips a low cross towards the near post, where Johnson arrives to flip into the bottom-left corner from close range. Easy as that!

Brennan Johnson taps in and Tottenham lead. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian
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4 min: Kudus makes a nuisance of himself down the left, stealing the ball off a dithering Porro. A low cross somehow gets through a crowded box and reaches a surprised Bowen, who can’t adjust in time and bats a poor effort well wide left from six yards. That was a decent chance.

3 min: Bowen’s cute backheel down the right nearly releases Coufal … but not quite. A fast start to this match on a slick surface.

2 min: Soucek clatters into Bissouma. Derby Challenge #1.

1 min: Spurs start in the no-nonsense style, Maddison almost immediately attempting to release Son down the middle. Emerson is on point to intercept and put a stop to their scheme.

Tottenham Hotspur get the ball rolling. It is tipping down.

The teams are out! West Ham in claret and blue, Spurs in lilywhite, pretty bubbles popping in the rain, the super-seventies sound of that squelchy bassline. A fine atmosphere under the lights, and we’ll be off in a minute or two.

Our pre-match postbag is teeming with an email. Here it is! “Between Son, Johnson, Maddison, Richarlison and Emerson on the team sheet, Spurs are giving the Iceland national team a run for their money. Thunderclap please!” OK ladies and gentlemen, let’s do what the man says and put our hands together for Peter Oh. Húh!

David Moyes takes his turn to chat with the good folk of TNT. “Hopefully we can get the game from Saturday out of our system and show what we can do tonight … with the short turnaround it’s hard to get too much work done … when we were winning [at Newcastle] I’d have liked us to have been a bit tougher … we’ve been conceding a few goals which we have to eradicate … Tottenham’s style is very good … they’re an exciting team … we have to make sure to turn the ball over and cause problems on the counter … we’re up against a team who are very good in possession … when you’re a player and you’ve had a [bad] result, you want to come out and get the chance to show you can do it … they’re getting that opportunity tonight … a great game to play in, a big London derby, so let’s hope we turn up and show what we can do.”

Ange Postecoglou talks to TNT Sports. “It’s a good opportunity to freshen our team up … it’ll be a tough challenge tonight … the lads have pace which I think we’ll need … I’m a little bit of an outsider but I’m well informed about the rivalry between the clubs … I’m looking forward to it tonight … we’ve got to be really wary but our football is about imposing ourselves … our press and hard work has been pretty good … Son [who is making his 400th appearance for Spurs tonight] is outstanding and will go down as a legend at our club … he’s got such high standards … he’s an outstanding person as well … goals, assists and when you need them, too … I’m not dismissing Champions League football but I don’t want to see us making that the end goal and thinking it’s going to help us next year … ultimately the only thing that gives us is a platform to improve … I want us to finish the season strong and keep improving, then strengthen in the off-season … if we finish the season strong that sets us up for a bigger year next year.”

A reminder, not that you need it, but here it is anyway, that four other Premier League matches are being played this evening. A couple of them are starting right about now, and John Brewin has all you need to know. Don’t forget to come back here, though. Our tech experts recommend the implementation of a two-tab-toggling reading system.

  • Newcastle v Fulham (7.30pm)

  • Nottingham Forest v Fulham (7.30pm)

  • Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (7.45pm)

  • Burnley v Wolves (7.45pm)

West Ham make just one change to their starting line-up in the wake of the 4-3 defeat at Newcastle. Alphonse Areola hasn’t recovered from the groin injury that ended his day prematurely at St James’ Park; Lukasz Fabianski continues to stand in. Poor old Kalvin Phillips, chided and derided, can’t catch a break right now: he’s on the subs’ bench again.

Spurs make three changes after their narrow 2-1 win over Luton Town. Micky Van de Ven, Rodrigo Bentancur and Brennan Johnson get the nod ahead of Radu Dragusin, Pape Matar Sarr and Dejan Kulusevsk, all of whom drop to the bench.

Never taken out of the wrapper. Photograph: David Cliff/EPA
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The teams

West Ham United: Fabianski, Coufal, Mavropanos, Zouma, Emerson Palmieri, Soucek, Ward-Prowse, Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, Kudus, Antonio.
Subs: Johnson, Cresswell, Phillips, Cornet, Ings, Ogbonna, Earthy, Mubama, Anang.

Tottenham Hotspur: Vicario, Porro, Romero, van de Ven, Udogie, Bissouma, Bentancur, Johnson, Maddison, Werner, Son.
Subs: Hojbjerg, Dragusin, Richarlison, Emerson, Lo Celso, Kulusevski, Sarr, Davies, Austin.

Referee: John Brooks (Leicestershire).

Preamble

These two teams, boy oh boy. So let’s see. West Ham are coming off the back of a match they managed to lose despite having been 3-1 up with 13 minutes to play; Spurs meanwhile lost their last away fixture 3-0, and won the one preceding that by four goals. So good luck predicting which way tonight’s game is going to go. Chances are, though, it’ll be a doozy. Kick off at the London Stadium is 8.15pm. Mayhem ahoy! It’s on!





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