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A guide to Premier League football in London: Part Three

A guide to Premier League football in London: Part Three

Here is the third section of our three-part guide to Premier League football. If you fancy booking tickets to see one of the sides in action, log on to the official club sites and book tickets today.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs began the Premier League season with an impressive series of results that saw them reach near the summit of the table. Then the wheels started to fall off.

Manager Andre Villas Boas was quickly replaced and despite an improvement in recent weeks, there remains much hard work if they are to achieve their stated ambition of qualifying for the Champions League at the end of the season.

But in order to achieve this, manager Tim Sherwood knows that the team will have to improve on their most recent showing against Norwich at Carrow Road, when they slumped to a 1-0 defeat.

Speaking after that match, the manager conceded that they will need be resilient between now and May to reach the competition.

"We just have to concentrate on winning our games," he said. "We can't rely on other people to lose all their games and us qualify for the Champions League, because that's not going to happen. We've got two home games where we have to bounce back - we have to see if we have the character to do that."

Realistically, it seems that the best Spurs can hope for is a place in the Europa League, not least because the teams ahead of them in the table are showing no signs of easing up.

This would mean that, once again, they will finish below their north London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League table, much to the annoyance of their fans.

West Ham

The Hammers are another of the London-based sides that has flirted with relegation this season, though their recent form has seen them climb up to mid-table.

Manager Sam Allardyce has said that much of the team's recent success can be attributed to the return to full fitness of a number of their senior players, including Andy Carroll.

He has also hailed the influence of midfielder Kevin Nolan, who has been a key part of their recent resurgence.

And while the manager does not think the chance of an England recall is realistic, he has been effusive in his praise of the 31-year-old.

"There are very, very few players better than him at scoring goals from midfield," said Allardyce.

But in regards to his England hopes, the manager added: "He has had a lot of times that he has knocked on the [England] door and I don't think that's going to make much difference for him now."

He said, though, that despite Nolan's advancing years, he can continue to be a success at Premier League level for years to come.

So, if you've never before had the opportunity to watch Premier League action, then London is the city to visit. It's simply a case of picking the game you wish to enjoy.

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