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Sunday 23 July 2017

Bilic wants Spurs scalp

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic. Photo: PA
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic. Photo: PA

Slaven Bilic says West Ham are ready to finally banish the threat of relegation - while hammering a huge dent in Tottenham's title hopes.

Spurs could go into the weekend just one point behind Premier League leaders Chelsea with victory at the London Stadium tonight.

But the Hammers still need a positive result to take themselves out of the equation at the foot of the table, and Bilic knows a win against their London rivals would be the perfect way to do it.

"This is a big match anyway," said the West Ham boss. "It is a derby, whether you need the points or not, it's a derby game against Spurs at our stadium.

"They need points, we need points, so it is a massive game for us and a massive game for them. We will try to get the points that will mathematically secure our status.

"It is a big game for us, a big game for the supporters, and we are ready for it."

Bilic will hand Andy Carroll a late fitness test on the groin problem which has sidelined him for the last two matches, while fellow striker Diafra Sakho will miss the rest of the season with a back injury.

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