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Friday Night Football returns to Sky after FIVE-month absence with huge derby

Date Posted,March 29, 2017

West Ham and the police are confident Tottenham’s visit to the London Stadium will pass without any trouble after it was rearranged for a Friday night.

The game will now take place 24 hours earlier on Friday May 5 after being included in the latest batch of fixtures moved for TV.

There is a history of animosity between West Ham and Spurs fans, sparking fears of trouble when the two sides meet in five weeks.

But West Ham have now got to grips with the security and policing issues that dogged them earlier in the season.

The Hammers have staged 11 incident-free games since October’s EFL Cup tie with Chelsea was marred by fan clashes late in the game.

West Ham United fans clashed with Chelsea supporters in October (Photo: PA Wire)
West Ham United and Chelsea fans clash
West Ham United fans clashed with Chelsea supporters in October (Photo: Getty)
Fans clash with the police
West Ham United fans clashed with Chelsea supporters in October (Photo: Getty)

Broadcasters pick the fixtures they wish to show and the Premier League hold talks with clubs and their safety advisory groups – made up of club officials and representatives from the local authority, police, fire and ambulance – before agreeing to any fixture switches.

No issues were raised about Spurs’ visit to West Ham which prevented the game being brought forward, though a beefed up police presence is expected.

The West Ham v Spurs game marks the start of a busy weekend of live Premier League football on Sky following their latest TV picks.

West Ham have a big rivalry with Tottenham (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

Manchester City will host Crystal Palace in the Saturday lunchtime game. A potentially decisive clash in the battle for the top four – Arsenal v Manchester United – will be the headline game on Sunday May 7 after Liverpool face Southampton.

The following night champions elect Chelsea host Middlesbrough.

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