West Ham v Tottenham

Tottenham will look to stretch their incredible unbeaten run away from home when they travel to the Boleyn Ground to take on West Ham on Wednesday.

Spurs find themselves as unlikely title contenders with just 12 games remaining in the season and it is largely due to their great form away from home.

They have not been beaten on the road for 12 league matches, a run that stretches all the way back to their loss against Manchester United on the opening day of the campaign.

The North Londoners have shown a steely reserve this term under manager Mauricio Pochettino, which was evident at the weekend when they trailed Swansea 1-0 with 20 minutes to play before scoring twice to grab a late win and keep their title hopes alive. It is a trait that will serve them well as the climax of the campaign approaches.

Tottenham are sweating over the fitness of teenage sensation Dele Alli, who faces a late fitness test while Mousa Dembele (groin), Tom Carroll (Achilles), Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie (both knee) will definitely miss out.

The visitors will certainly not have it all their own way on Wednesday as they face a Hammers side who themselves are exceeding all pre-season expectations to occupy sixth position in the table heading into the clash.

Slaven Bilics’s men shocked everyone with away wins against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City early in the campaign, but have gone on to prove it was no fluke by continually producing results to make sure they are mixing it with teams at the right end of the standings.

They enter the match just one point behind Manchester United in fifth and four behind City in the fourth and final coveted Champions League place and they would be excused for casting a cheeky eye at potentially becoming the third surprise inclusion in the top four along with Spurs and league leaders Leicester.

However, the east London outfit will have to do battle Tottenham without defender Sam Byram who is suspended, while Joey O’Brien (hamstring) and James Tomkins (calf) miss out through injury.

Winston Reid (hamstring), Diafra Sakho (thigh) and Enner Valencia (ankle) are rated as 50/50 to play some part in the match.

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