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West Ham expected 3-4-3 v Tottenham: Midfield regular axed

By Amir Mir

West Ham could make one change for their clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday evening.

Slaven Bilic’s side take on their London rivals in what will be a tightly fought Premier League contest.

Centre-back Winston Reid could return in defence, with midfield regular Cheikhou Kouyate missing out as Bilic is likely to stick with his 3-4-3 formation.

The Irons drew their last league fixture 1-1 at the London Stadium, when Stoke forward Bojan Krkic cancelled out the hosts’ opener.

New Zealand international Reid returns from suspension and might line-up in a back three alongside James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna.

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Andre Ayew, who is yet to get off the mark for the Hammers, will be hoping to start and bag his first goal for the club in an important fixture.

Playmaker Dimitri Payet, who is likely to start, will be the main attacking threat for Bilic’s side as they aim to move away from the relegation zone with three points at the weekend.

Wing-backs Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio could start out wide as they will be deployed with important roles which will provide the balance in attack and defence for this crucial away trip.

West Ham are one place above the relegation zone with 11 points from 11 games and will need inspiration to get their season kick started.

They will have to beat a Spurs side who are the only unbeaten team in England this season as they are in fifth place with 21 points.

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