West Ham United’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, which was scheduled for New Year’s Day, has been moved by the Premier League to 4th January due to safety concerns, according to a report on the Telegraph.

The league came to the decision after a Safety Advisory Group at Wembley Stadium could only recommend a maximum crowd of 43,000 for the initial date, which is less than half the capacity of the stadium.

The new kick off time is 8:00 PM, which has also caused some concern for fans who will need to travel home.

Both sides will only have two days to prepare for the fixture as Spurs travel to Wales to face Swansea City whilst West Ham travel to face West Bromwich Albion.Stu Forster/Getty Images Sport

The London rivals already have plenty of injury concerns and will be wary of more during the busy festive fixture schedule.

Spurs have stumbled in the league in recent weeks and have fallen down the table to sixth place, level on points with seventh-placed Burnley.

On the other hand, the Hammers are currently in 19th place in the table and will be hoping for a good run of results over Christmas to take them away from the relegation zone.