West Ham United travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night in the Premier League, with both sides having plenty to fight for.
London derbies between the two sides have been hotly contested in recent seasons, but on this occasion any flared tempers won’t be fuelled by a cavernous atmosphere.
Instead, they will likely be sparked by what is on the line for these two clubs from the capital, with West Ham United staring down the barrel of relegation, and Tottenham Hotspur still in with a shout of European football.
Spurs go in to the game in 8th spot, 12 points off the top four.
However, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho may still have his sights on the significantly closer 5th place, which may still harbour a chance of Champions League football, depending on the outcome of Manchester City’s court case with UEFA.
5th is currently occupied by Mourinho’s former employers Manchester United, with whom Tottenham drew their last Premier League game 1-1 on Friday night.
This fixture represents the first time in top flight history two ex-Manchester United managers have done battle, with current Hammers boss David Moyes another who has sat in the famous Old Trafford hot seat.
Moyes’ current club West Ham are desperate for points, having looked somewhat disillusioned for large parts of this season – they head into the clash with Spurs teetering above the relegation zone on goal difference.
The Hammers looked all at sea in their last Premier League outing against Wolves, going down 2-0 at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Irons boss Moyes has pinpointed a final day clash with relegation rivals Aston Villa as perhaps a straight shootout for survival – a comment which has drawn concerns from West Ham supporters in the build up to the game.
Spurs will have Dele Alli back for the match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – the England international was banned against Manchester United on Friday after being charged by the FA for mocking coronavirus on a social media video.
Mourinho has a fresher squad to pick from than before lockdown began, although it remains to be seen how the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min came through their first competitive action in a long time.
Lucas Moura isn’t expected to feature, though, with the Brazilian still nursing a head injury sustained in training last week.
For West Ham, David Moyes has options at full back in the form of Ryan Fredricks and Jeremy Ngakia, as well as Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko further forward both keen to be involved.
Declan Rice played at centre half against Wolves – it remains to be seen whether he’ll play there against Tottenham or revert to his usual central midfield role.
£45m striker Sebastien Haller didn’t make the matchday squad against Wolves, with it unknown if he is in contention for the clash with Spurs.
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is an 8.15pm kick off on Tuesday, 23 June.