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No alarms and no surprises

Filed: Friday, 9th November 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are likely to be mostly unchanged from last week's win against Burnley when they take on Huddersfield at the Kirklees Stadium tomorrow.

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that there are no fresh injury concerns following the defeat of the Clarets, although none of those players already sidelined through injury are available to play.

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Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez, Andriy Yarmolenko, Winson Reid, Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere are all still unavailable - although the latter two could be back in contention for the visit of Manchester City in the first game following next week's international break.

Yet despite West Ham's crippling injury list, Pellegrini maintains that the game is yet another "must win" for West Ham, who are seeking to secure back-to-back victories for the first time in 2018.

"Itís important we make it back-to-back wins on Saturday because we need to recover points," said Pellegrini.

"I think our start to the season was so bad that we need to recover some points, but if we think we are going to do it just because we are playing against Huddersfield that is not having a good season, I think we are going to make a big mistake.

"They're a team that fight for every ball as if it is the last one, just won their first game and only lost 1-0 against Liverpool, so I think we are going to have to play a complete game in defending and attacking if we are going to win."

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And he maintained that his two Academy stars - Declan Rice and Grady Diangana - will both have important roles to play.

"Declan is improving his performance in every game, so I hope that he can be a top player in some years more," said the manager. "If you compare the first game that he played against Liverpool I think he has improved a little bit in every game.

" Grady is the same as Declan, in every game he is improving a little bit more. Now, for all the young players you have the second step, which is the most important thing."

West Ham likely starting XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Creswell, Diop, Balbuena; Rice, Obiang, Snodgrass; Anderson, Diangana, Arnautovic.

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