The Hammers have taken just nine points from their opening ten Premier League fixtures and are sat in 16th place. While it is too early to discuss the threat of relegation, Bilic’s side certainly look unlikely to move away from the bottom three any time soon.
Last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace could have been the end for the Croatian, but he has again survived the week. However, if Liverpool humble West Ham on their own patch then calls for Bilic to be sacked will only grow louder.
The Irons will have their fair share of absentees when they take on Jürgen Klopp’s side, who were in Champions League action in midweek.
Pablo Zabaleta will definitely miss the game as he is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season last time out.
Winston Reid (calf), Michail Antonio (rib) and Jose Fonte (foot) are slight doubts, but full-backs Sam Byram (thigh) and Aaron Cresswell (dead leg) are set to miss the game. James Collins (ankle) is a long-term absentee.
So with several players potentially ruled-out, who should Bilic name in his starting XI? Our unique algorithm has predicted the West Ham side it believes is most likely to start.
Football Whispers uses data to predict the starting line-ups for sides by accounting for a number of different factors, including injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood to play, the match the competition is played, the player’s previous performance and the style of the opposition.
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