West Ham United will head to Wembley Stadium for a place in the League Cup quarter-finals, however, they will have to get past Tottenham Hotspur in what is a crucial game for Slaven Bilic.

The Hammers boss has come under an increasing amount of pressure to deliver the results for the London Stadium outfit and has reportedly been given the next two matches to save his job.

Having been beaten at home 3-0 in an embarrassing fashion by Premier League new-boys Brighton and Hove Albion last Friday, many had started to call for the Croatian manager to leave, however, he is adamant he is the correct person for the job.

Looking ahead to the match, Bilic revealed that he will be making changes to his squad for the trip, including news on key man Andy Carroll returning to the side, after he served his one-game suspension during the defeat to the Seagulls.

“We have Andy Carroll back in the squad,” he told the club’s official website.

The manager also confirmed that Adrian will return to the side for the League Cup tie, with the Spanish goalkeeper having featured in every round so far, although he will be without some of his other key men for the London rivalry.

“Michail Antonio will definitely be out tomorrow because he had a knock on his ribs in the first half against Brighton, but managed to play. It’s very painful, so he’ll be out,” Bilic said.

“Then there are only Collins and Sakho, who start to train with us for the first time today.”

West Ham has beaten Bolton Wanderers and Cheltenham Town to progress to this stage, with Bilic fielding a strong XI in both fixtures, so it is expected that he will do the same for the tie with Spurs as well.


  1. So what is the strong formation, and who are the players, please?
    Do you really believe your own statement, “key man Andy Carroll”?
    I reckon Chicharito, Sakho and Martinez would rate higher than Andy on recent form!


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