West Ham United make the short trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night deep in the relegation mire.

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West Ham got the restart off to a dismal start when they were well beaten by Wolves 2-0 at home on Saturday.

Tottenham meanwhile looked infinitely fitter and sharper in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

West Ham were gearing up to play a Tottenham side without five first team stars including Harry Kane and Son Heung-min back in March.

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West Ham face daunting trip to rivals Tottenham

But now Spurs have everyone fit for West Ham’s trip to north London.

West Ham sit 17th and must start picking up points if they are to stay up.

David Moyes has eight games to secure survival with it looking increasingly like two from four to fill the last two relegation spots.

And the Scot goes to Spurs with one ray of hope, that key defender Angelo Ogbonna will be back.

That will release Declan Rice into midfield and suddenly West Ham start to look a lot stronger.

Sebastien Haller remains out with a hip injury while Robert Snodgrass is expected to miss much – if not all – of what remains of the season.

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Ogbonna gives Moyes one ray of hope

With Ogbonna back and after some awful performances against Wolves, West Ham will line-up differently at Spurs.


Ryan Fredericks in for Jeremy Ngakia

Not a decision based on form – because Fredericks is woeful – but necessity. West Ham have failed to agree an extension with Ngakia and today was the deadline.

Moyes started Ngakia against Wolves but will have to bring in Fredericks and it will be between the flop and young Ben Johnson to see out the campaign at right-back.

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Ogbonna in for Felipe Anderson

Clearly not a straight swap but Moyes will bring Ogbonna back into the defence, which will free up Declan Rice to step into midfield.

A midfield three of Mark Noble, Tomas Soucek and Rice will play behind with Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen outside them supporting lone striker Michail Antonio.

West Ham predicted line-up at Tottenham:

Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Bowen, Antonio.

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