Preview: West Ham v Tottenham

Tottenham's title challenge will be in the spotlight again on Friday when they make the short trip to the London Stadium to take on city rivals West Ham.

With league leaders Chelsea only playing Middlesbrough on Monday, Mauricio Pochettino's side can close the gap to just one point, and pile the pressure on Antonio Conte's Blues.

Ahead of the encounter, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic was full of praise for Spurs striker Harry Kane, who has led their charge for the last two seasons.

So impressed by Kane was Bilic that he said had the England international not suffered any injuries, the north Londoners could very well have been at the top of the pile.

"I have nothing but praise for them," the Croatian told FourFourTwo. "When I watch them I wonder how Chelsea made that gap, but they had two periods without Harry Kane.

"Spurs are in form, but they've been in form for two months. We are positive, four unbeaten and three clean sheets in four games.

"They are electric, with confidence, pace, passing and changing positions and everything, but our form has improved. Spurs are very versatile. Sometimes you know where the ball is going, but you can't stop it because of the quality."

In 15th place, West Ham's relegation worries have eased considerably in recent weeks, while victory against their title-chasing neighbours will mean they can no longer go down.

At his press conference on Thursday, Pochettino would not be drawn on the future of full-back Kyle Walker, who has been linked with a move to Manchester.

"Kyle is on the list for Friday's match and I cannot confirm whether he is happy or not because these are just rumours," the Argentine said.

'If I commented on every rumour my press conferences would be two hours long. Every single player on the squad list for Friday is focused on trying to help the club achieve."

While the hosts are on a run of four games unbeaten, three of them have been draws. Spurs, on the other hand, have won their last nine in the league, and confidence will be high at the London Stadium.

Neither club has any fresh injury concerns for Friday's clash. Andy Carroll, Erik Lamela and Danny Rose remain on the sidelines.

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