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The starting XI Manuel Pellegrini must choose against Tottenham on Saturday

This weekend sees two bitter London rivals go head to head; West Ham host Tottenham at the London Stadium.

The Hammers have been strong at home against the big boys, but despite Spurs’ stodgy start to the season, they sit just two points off the top.

So Manuel Pellegrini must get his team selection right and we’ve taken a look at the eleven he must field on Saturday…

Goalkeeper and Defence

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The centre-half pairing of Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena continues to go from strength to strength, and should remain uninterrupted as the Hammers look to keep Harry Kane quiet.

At left-back, Pablo Zabaleta has proved himself more capable of keeping elite Premier League wingers quiet than Ryan Fredericks, so should keep his place.

But there is one change Pellegrini must make. Arthur Masuaku was at fault for Glenn Murray’s winning goal last time out and West Ham cannot afford similar lapses against Spurs’ lively attack. Aaron Cresswell must return to the side, with Pellegrini surely hoping he can improve on his early season form.


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In truth, Pellegrini does not have too many midfield options in the absence of Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez.

In Pedro Obiang, Declan Rice and Mark Noble, he has put together an energetic, disciplined unit that ran the show against Manchester United last month.

The Chilean will be hoping for a repeat performance here.


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When Marko Arnautovic withdrew from the Austria squad midway through the international break, West Ham fans must have been wishing it was merely a precaution.

It looks like that’s the case, as Pellegrini expects him to be fit to lead the line here. Andriy Yarmolenko was the last player to return from international duty but should shake off any tiredness to play.

Felipe Anderson set the tone against United and will play from the left.

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