It took over 100 days for Tottenham Hotspur to resume the 2019-20 season, but the return felt oddly familiar. A 1-1 draw against Manchester United was a fair result given the quality of opponent and the way the match played out, but it left Spurs winless over their last seven matches and went as a missed opportunity to close the gap between them and fifth place United.
The empty stadium run continues on Tuesday with a visit from West Ham. The Hammers are squarely in the relegation battle, and entered the break in no better form than Tottenham — their first match back saw a loss to Wolves on two goals in the final quarter of play. It has been a struggle for West Ham on both ends of the pitch this season, which should provide a good chance for the home side to collect all three points.
Premier League Table
Despite the lengthy break, Spurs still were unable to start a completely fit side, missing Toby Alderweireld and Lucas Moura to injury, while Dele Alli sat out with a one-match ban. Getting these players back would be a big boost for Jose Mourinho, who used only two of his allotted five substitutions against United due to (what he considered) a limited bench.
Reaching fifth place and earning a Champions League bid feels like a long-shot, but Tottenham is still alive, back four points with eight matches to go. There are plenty of competitors in the hunt, though, so every match from here on out is essentially a must-win. However, it would be nice to see Spurs just put together a quality effort against a stubborn rival that too often finds a way to cause problems.
How to Watch
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Time: 3:15 p.m. ET, 8:15 p.m. BT
Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
TV: NBCSN (USA), Sky Sports (UK)
Streaming: NBC Sports Live (USA), Sky Go Extra (UK), fubo.tv (free trial)
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