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44 min: Spurs 1-0 West Ham Kudus, on the right, digs out a superb cross to find the unmarked Paqueta at the far post, but his stooping header is well wide. That was a terrific chance.

68 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle Gordon bursts into the area again before being crowded out by Branthwaite and Tarkowski. He’s looking pretty dangerous all of a sudden, and right now Newcastle look the likelier winners.

“Hi Rob,” says Peter Oh. “Did you know that the Lagunitas Brewing Company makes the version of Newcastle Brown Ale that is sold here in North America?”

I did now!

67 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle Seamus Coleman is going off through injury, though it looks like a muscle strain rather than anything more serious. Nathan Patterson replaces him. Coleman is able to jog off and receives a standing ovation while doing so.

Seamus Coleman
The returning Seamus Coleman comes off for Everton. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters

65 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle Gordon, who is looking increasingly dangerous, runs onto a through pass from Isak and curls over from 25 yards.

40 min: Spurs 1-0 West Ham More opportunities for Spurs. Fabianski punches a cross only as far as Kulusevski, whos shot is blocked by Emerson. The ball rebounds to Bissouma, who shoots over from the edge of the area.

63 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle Dubravka gets nowhere near a deep, inswinging corner from the right, but the teenager Lewis Miley does really well to ensure Calvert-Lewin can’t get a clear header beyond the far post. The ball bounces into the side netting for a goalkick.

62 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle Tarkowski dithers on the edge of the D and is robbed by Gordon, whose early shot is too close to Pickford. That was a pretty good chance, and almost a nightmare moment for Tarkowski/the entire Everton support.

37 min: Spurs 1-0 West Ham Spurs win the ball high up the field yet again. Lo Celso threads it through to Johnson, who shoots too close to Fabianski from a tightish angle.

35 min: Spurs 1-0 West Ham A decent save from Fabianski, who beats away a hooked shot from Lo Celso. Spurs have had almost 80 per cent of the possession in this game.

“My big take away from tonight is: God Clive Tyldsley is good,” says Niall Mullen. “Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and nary a hint of grumpy old football man about him.”

Oh, he’s fantastic. I’d strongly recommend his two-part interview on the When Football Begin Again podcast. He does actually get a bit grumpy at times, understandably so, but the whole interview is a joy. Or, at least, was a joy for me.

55 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle It’s a rugged arm-wrestle of a game at Goodison Park. Gordon elicits one of the bigger cheers of the night by shooting well wide from distance. To his credit, he has played a fair part of the game with a smile, which hasn’t always been the case when star players return to face an affronted Goodison crowd.

Anthony Gordon
Anthony Gordon is enjoying the er, warm reception from the Everton faithful Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

“I’m pretty sure you can drink a Lagunitas at home (although I might prefer a Bell’s Two Hearted), but I’m a little doubtful about you and the Christmas party,” writes Joe Pearson. “The last time you mentioned your location (back in January), you were living in Bruton. Google tells me that’s two and a half hours from London, where one supposes the aforementioned party will be taking place. Regardless, Happy Holidays (including Hannukah, which begins tonight)!”

You know we have running water over here, right? London even has other luxuries like “trains” and “hotels”.

30 min: Spurs 1-0 West Ham Spurs won’t feel safe at 1-0, especially as they’ve been ahead in their last four games and taken only one point.

50 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle: Chance for Everton! The backpedalling Dubravka drops a corner and falls into the post. Newcastle force the ball behind for another corner. McNeil’s near-post outswinger is met by the towering Calvert-Lewin, whose header deflects off Lascelles, hits Dubravka and is booted away by Almiron on the line.

25 min: Spurs 1-0 West Ham Kudus robs Udogie 30 yards from goal and decides to have a pop. It’s a tame shot, easily saved by Vicario.

In other news, it’s hooning it down at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

46 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle Peep peep! The second half is under way at Goodison.

Lewis Miley in action with Everton's Dwight McNeil.
We’re back underway at Goodison. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters

22 min: Spurs 1-0 West Ham Lo Celso has a shot blocked after another hypnotic move. Spurs have been relentless in the first quarter of the game.

19 min: Spurs 1-0 West Ham “It’s almost rude of Tottenham to score a goal like that against West Ham,” writes Kári Tulinius. “A big centre-back scoring a towering header from a corner is something you expect a David Moyes team to do to another side, not have it happen to them. It’s like a rapper biting another MC’s style.”

That’s a very good point. I’ll be honest, though, I didn’t see that last sentence coming.

17 min: Spurs 1-0 West Ham Spurs are playing some terrific stuff. Kulusevski flicks a nice pass round to corner to Son and sets off for the return. Son reaches the edge of the D, uses Kulusevski by not using him but then shoots too close to Fabianski.

GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 West Ham (Romero 11)

Pedro Porro’s outswinging corner from the right is met by the backpedalling Romero, who strains his neck muscles to steer an excellent looping header into the far corner. Welcome back.

Cristian Romero heads Spurs in front!
Cristian Romero heads Spurs in front! Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

8 min: Spurs 0-0 West Ham Possession so far: Spurs 90-10 West Ham. I wish Ange Postecoglu was my editor.

Half time: Everton 0-0 Newcastle

A craggy, increasingly ill-tempered half ends goalless. Everton had less of the ball and more of the chances, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin missing by far the best when he volleyed over from six yards.

6 min: Spurs 0-0 West Ham Jarrod Bowen has started back on the right for West Ham, with Mohammed Kudus as the false nine.

These are the revised teams.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1) Vicario; Pedro Porro, Romero, Davies, Udogie; Bissouma, Hojbjerg; Kulusevski, Lo Celso, Johnson; Son.
Substitutes: Forster, Emerson Royal, Dorrington, Skipp, Sarr, Richarlison, Gil, Veliz, Donley.

West Ham United (4-2-3-1) Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson; Alvarez, Ward-Prowse; Bowen, Soucek, Paqueta; Kudus.
Substitutes: Anang, Cresswell, Mavropanos, Ogbonna, Kehrer, Fornals, Ings, Benrahma, Mubama.

45+2 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle This game is getting very niggly. The referee stops play when Schar and Branthwaite collide and go down holding their heads, though Newcastle aren’t happy because they had the ball in a decent position.

Both players seem to be fine.

1 min: Tottenham 0-0 West Ham Fabianski rushes off his line to deny Kulusevski inside the first minute. Kulusevski might have been offside but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.

Lukasz Fabianski bundles over Dejan Kulusevski in the opening seconds at Tottenham.
Lukasz Fabianski bundles over Dejan Kulusevski in the opening seconds at Tottenham. Photograph: Tony O’Brien/Reuters

44 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle Tarkowski has a big scratch on his right arm, so we may hear more about that at half-time.

1 min: Tottenham 0-0 West Ham Peep peep! The other match is under way in north London.

44 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle Tarkowski and Joelinton have a bit of a set-to before an Everton free-kick. Tarkowski presents his arm to the referee, who then calls him over a second time to have a word. The VAR team looked at the incident but it was quickly checkcompleted.

42 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle Trippier is outmuscled by Calvert-Lewin, then drags him down and is a bit fortunate to not be booked.

40 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle: Calvert-Lewin misses! Well, Everton created a huge chance there. A long, diagonal free-kick from the right bounced in the Newcastle area and was forced through to Calvert-Lewin by Branthwaite. He was unmarked, six yards out, but launched a chest-volley over the bar.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin misses a shot at goal.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin blazes over from close range. Everton should be ahead. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

37 min: Everton 0-0 Newcastle “To add to the xG conversation, I have Opta’s Stats page up in another tab,” writes Joe Pearson. “Everton are dominating the xG so far, 0.96 to 0.24. But that’s going to happen when you have such a large shot differential. Admittedly, some of the chances have been really difficult, but they need to finish.”

I’ve pulled this straight out of a well-known place, but I wonder whether Everton create a lot of small chances (0.1-0.3) and not enough big ones (0.5+). Lord knows.

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