West Ham expected 3-4-3 v Tottenham: 23-year-old to drop out in one change
By Abigail Withey
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is expected to make just one change to the side that drew 0-0 with Stoke at the bet365 Stadium last Saturday.
Arthur Masuaku, who came off last week with a minor injury in the 45th minute, is a doubt to start, and Aaron Cresswell should take his place.
Striker Andy Carroll could be ready to return to the side, but he’s unlikely to make the starting XI and might have to settle for making an impact from the bench.
West Ham chairman David Gold responded that he was merely “hopeful” when asked by a fan whether Andy Carroll would make a return against Spurs on Friday.
I wish I could say with certainty that Andy Carroll will be available for the Tottenham game but I am hopeful. dg https://t.co/xUKLJ98jm8
— David Gold (@davidgold) April 30, 2017
Sakho might also be ready for a return to the squad to face Tottenham at the London Stadium, but it is expected that Johnathan Calleri and Andre Ayew will lead the Hammers attack. Manuel Lanzini is set to to make up the attacking trio.
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Cresswell is expected to hook up with Havard Nordtveit, Cheikhou Kouyate and Edmilson Fernandes in midfield.
It would mean no start for captain Mark Noble, who hasn’t made his way back into the starting XI since dropping out through suspension.
Since switching to a back three against Everton, West Ham have kept two consecutive clean sheets and should line-up the same at the back, with James Collins, Winston Reid and Jose Fonte acting as the shield for goalkeeper Adrian.
Adrian should get the nod after replacing Darren Randolph in goal and not conceding in two games.
It is expected that Tottenham will offer a sterner test to the West Ham defence though, as they try to close the gap between themselves and Chelsea to just one point at the top of the Premier League.
In other West Ham news, Adrian adds further spice to Tottenham clash against West Ham.