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West Ham Defeat Spurs To All But Hand Chelsea The Premier League Title

STRATFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 05: Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Stratford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League title challenge suffered what should be a fatal blow on Friday night with a 1-0 defeat to West Ham United.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side could have narrowed the gap to just one point with a win against their London rivals (albeit with a game more played), but instead went down to a Manuel Lanzini effort in the second half to leave their title hopes in tatters.

After nine wins in a row and with West Ham struggling, Spurs would have been confident of extending that run and putting serious pressure on Antonio Conte’s side by extending that winning run. Instead, the defeat that Chelsea can extend the gap to seven points with a win against Middlesbrough on Monday – and should they do that, beating West Brom next Friday night will seal the title for the Blues.

Tottenham are almost nailed-on to finish second in the table, which would be an improvement on last year, but Pochettino and his side will still feel as though they have fallen at the last once again.

STRATFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 05: A dejected Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur applauds the travelling fans following their team's 1-0 defeat during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Stratford, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

West Ham, meanwhile, have moved into the top half of the table and can pretty much put any relegation fears to rest at this point.

Unfortunately for Spurs, however, the headlines tomorrow will not be about West Ham or Slaven Bilic, they will be about another title challenge coming to an end. That said, 27 points from the last 30 is a fantastic return – where the rest of the chasing pack were gone weeks ago, Spurs were the only side that made this a title race rather than a Chelsea procession.

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On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish Football podcast, we catch up with Cillian Sheridan, review all the latest fixtures and look ahead to this week’s League of Ireland matches.

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