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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic ruled Manuel Lanzini out once again for Saturday early afternoon London derby against Tottenham.

If Tottenham prevail in east London it will mean they have won their opening three away games in the league for the first time since 1991-92. But you'll be smashed by Carroll.

West Ham have struggled for goals this season and in recent years against Spurs, have rarely romped to victory.

That's something Spurs are going to have to get used to.

The challenge for Mauricio Pochettino and his players will be finding a way to beat these highly motivated sides. They may also have an eye on their midweek Champions League game at APOEL, so while I think Spurs are the stronger side of the two, the price of [1.64] in the Match Odds doesn't represent any value to me. Slaven Bilic continues to insist that he can't play Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez on the pitch together.

'For me they are the team that plays the most attractive football and are definitely one of the contenders to win the league, ' Bilic said.

Back in the groove Tottenham’s Dele Alli
Back in the groove Tottenham’s Dele Alli

"We are doing things a little bit different in terms of we are not pushing him as soon as he was back". We are trying to maintain and improve his fitness by managing him not with a caution but not also to rush him straight away if we need him. He gives West Ham a real focal point, someone you can get the ball up to, who can hold it up - and who can cause the opposition problems.

Spurs have suffered damaging defeats on their last two visits to West Ham, and Vertonghen said they had sensed the hosts raising their game in both those 1-0 defeats. Noble is expected to slot back into the starting lineup, alongside Cheikhou Kouyate at the heart of the West Ham defence. They've won two of their last three matches in all competitions, but one was against a wildly outmatched Bolton side in the League Cup, and the other was against a Huddersfield Town club that seems to have lost their early, surprising momentum.

I'm looking forward to this one.

"They worked defensively and it was hard for us to score".

United are flirting with the bottom three ahead of their clash with title-chasers Tottenham and could find themselves in the relegation zone if they come unstuck.

"It's a tough game". "When I pay, I pay good: good restaurant, good food, good wine", he said.

  • Julie Sanders