Legendary striker reveals this West Ham striking partnership will cause defences problems

Ross Houston
October 20, 2017

They've picked up one point from four away games and scored just the solitary goal.

The 30 year old has found himself second choice at West Ham to Joe Hart, on loan from Manchester City, and isn't content just to accept the situation.

This encounter, then, is a chance for each side to lay down a marker as they bid to build some momentum and climb the table.

Scans revealed that the 29-year-old striker had not suffered any serious injury and Hernandez has rejoined the squad after skipping training on Wednesday as a precaution.

Slaven Bilic's side have struggled to find their best form so far this season, but the Hammers have won three of their four fixtures on their own patch this term - indeed, West Ham have kept a clean sheet in each of those wins, with Tottenham Hotspur the only opposition side to have scored a goal against the hosts at London Stadium so far this season. Sakho joins James Collins and the suspended Andy Carroll on the list of players who won't suit up for the Hammers in a rare Friday match.

Slaven Bilic deployed a seemingly old-fashioned 4-4-2 to good effect against Burnley last time out, though his plan was hindered by the sending off of Carroll after just 27 minutes, with the Hammers leading 1-0.

And Bilic added that he was unperturbed about Adrian's decision to speak out about his situation.

Joe Hart will nearly certainly continue in goal, with Jose Fonte and Winston Reid set to play in central defence. Michail Antonio and Marko Arnautovic (the team's leading assist-maker with two dishes) should continue to attack from the flanks, while Manuel Lanzini or Andre Ayew could be set for the role behind the strikers if Bilic opts for an attacking formation.

Davy Propper misses out for Brighton, who also have Steve Sidwell and Shane Duffy on the sidelines. Chris Hughton can not count on the forward Hemed as he's serving a suspension and will be back for the next round, while the veteran midfielder and journeyman Steve Sidwell is out with a back injury and will be unavailable for another month.

Duffy was outstanding at the heart of the Irish defence in the memorable 1-0 win in Wales.

West Ham won both league games the last time these sides met, including a 6-0 home win in the 2011-12 Championship season.

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