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Video: The Independent looks ahead to this weekend's Premier League games

West Ham striker Andy Carroll looks on at Stamford Bridge

Premier League: West Ham v Swansea match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's fixture at Upton Park

Sam Allardyce has 14 players available to him tomorrow

West Ham owners give public backing that Sam Allardyce can escape relegation following 5-0 FA Cup humiliation

The Hammers were beaten 5-0 by Championship side Nottingham Forest

Transfer news: West Ham give up chase for Diego Milito as Inter Milan star opts for Racing switch

The Hammers had hoped to add to their attacking line up with the Champions League winner

West Ham have won once in 11 games under Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce tells West Ham to deliver ‘critical’ victory against West Bromwich Albion

Sam Allardyce, the West Ham United manager, knows that he must minimise the pressure on his players after they dropped into the bottom three of the Premier League  on Boxing Day. Their first chance comes at lunchtime today at home to West Bromwich Albion, who are only three points better off.

Cabaye celebrates his goal

Transfer news: Alan Pardew hopeful Newcastle United can hold on to Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle boss wants to keep star midfielder at St James Park

LIttle and large: Andy Carroll and Luis SUarez were both wigned for Liverpool in January 2011 after the sale of Fernando Torres

Transfer news: Sale of Andy Carroll to West Ham was the making of Luis Suarez, claims Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers claims that he had to sell Carroll in order to get the best from Suarez

Rooney suffered the shin injury in training

Wayne Rooney will be fit for England insists David Moyes, despite missing Champions League draw with Shakhtar Donetsk

The striker will be available for the crucial World Cup qualifiers

RICKIE LAMBERT: Failed to hold the ball up with sufficient regularity and looked overawed by the big occasion. 5/10

Rickie Lambert concedes he faces battle to retain England place despite fine start to international career

Despite fine start to international career, returning strikers will make keeping place difficult

Mladen Petric poses in a West Ham shirt after completing his move to the Hammers

Transfer news: West Ham sign former Fulham striker Mladen Petric on a free transfer after Andy Carroll setback

England striker suffered yet another heel injury prompting Sam Allardyce to swoop for Petric after he left Cottagers in the summer

Rickie Lambert has scored in each of his two England games
Gary Cahill kept the defence tight with Joe Hart and Phil Jagielka

England 4 Moldova 0: Four things Roy Hodgson got right and one Wembley got wrong

1. Lambert can deliver forward passes that Carroll cannot

Joe Hart: The England goalkeeper has made high-profile errors

Joe Hart given vote of confidence by England manager Roy Hodgson, despite mistakes for Manchester City

The goalkeeper has made some uncharacteristic errors already this term

Joe Hart fails to stop James Morrison’s shot at Wembley on Wednesday

England 3 Scotland 2: Roy Hodgson resists changing for change's sake after Joe Hart's howler at Wembley

England manager will put his goalkeeper under scrutiny as competition increases for No 1 jersey

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