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West Ham United have already hit rock bottom in the Premier League points table, losing all their three games in the league so far. Manager Slaven Bilic is already under severe pressure to deliver results and he has a chance to make things right this weekend as they face a newly promoted Huddersfield Town in their first game after the international break.
David Wagner’s men have been astonishingly good in the top flight, winning two of their three league games this season, standing 3rd in the points table. The manager will hope for yet another victory but will face a resilient West Ham side that will prove hard to beat.
Andre Ayew, Manuel Lanzini and Edimilson Fernandes all picked up injuries while on international duty and are not expected to feature in this tie. Marko Arnautovic remains suspended but Andy Carroll and Winston Reid are both expected to be back in action this weekend.
The English star has not had the greatest time so far back in the league and will hope to put in a strong performance in this game.
The experienced full-back from Argentina, Zabaleta should be used as a part of the back-3 in this tie by Bilic.
Though he’s just back from an injury, Reid is the skipper of the side and is an important player, who deserves to start this game at the heart of the backline.
The Italian star was superb at the start of the previous season and he should start on the left-hand side of the 3-man backline for the Hammers.
With Zabaleta playing as a CB, Bilic has little options but to use Antonio, who has been productive as a wing-back. Surely, Michail won’t disappoint, would he?
The Irish youngster put in a solid performance last game and the manager should stick with him in the midfield for this game.
The experienced Mark Noble should help Rice settle in and add mettle to a midfield that has been struggling for more than a couple of games now.
The first choice midfielder for West Ham, Kouyate is just starting to get back to full stride after his injury and will hope to put in a solid performance against the league’s newbies.
The English full-back is easily one of the best in the business in this role and he should start as a wing-back on the left-hand side this weekend.
The newbie for West Ham, Chicharito has not taken the league by storm but he will be a danger man to the Terriers in this tie.
Just back from an injury, Carroll should be pushed into the first team straight away to add balance and dynamism to the West Ham attack.
Here is how West Ham might line up against Huddersfield: