Spurs could have narrowed the gap to a point with victory at London Stadium, but were well below par as the Hammers helped Chelsea close on the title.
In a game which meant so much to both parties, choosing their strongest line-up would be a no-brainer. Son – who has impressed recently – was drafted in to the left side of midfield with Kane, Alli and Eriksen the sum of the attacking quad-rent. The surprise was the omission of Kyle Walker, who was
Chelsea’s 3-0 victory at Everton put the pressure on Spurs – but they responded in style with a ninth successive league win to continue their best sequence since October 1960, when they won 13 games in a row.
Spurs had struggled to break down a disciplined Palace side for much of the game and it looked like they would have to settle for a point. But Eriksen fired into the bottom corner from 30 yards late on to keep Spurs within four points of Chelsea with five games remaining.