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Slaven Bilic looks to have salvaged his career with the Hammers despite the disappointment of Wilfred Zaha’s late goal at Selhurst Park. Having been given two games to prove his worth, the West Ham board will have been impressed by their team’s remarkable comeback against Spurs having gone 2-0 down before half-time. Bilic will be pleased to see his players finally coming together with a hunger and drive to prove their doubters wrong and he could not be happier at the recent form of Andre Ayew. Ayew who’s form has been questioned this season, has scored three goals in two games and will be keen for this run to continue.

Roy Hodgson, undoubtedly grateful for winning a point on Saturday, will not have silenced his doubters considering his side’s dour 4-1 defeat away to Bristol City. While his decision to rest the majority of his first team for their fixture against West Ham made sense considering Palace’s desperation for points in the league, it has cost them a place in a cup competition which could well have provided a pleasant distraction. Time will tell whether or not Hodgson is able to save his side.

Antonio Conte has had to fend off recent comments that there is unrest in his squad. He labelled claims that there is disunity as “bull-s***” and will be pleased that his side managed a win against Bournemouth setting them up well for a week which sees the Blues travel to Rome for the Champions League and then back to Fulham for a crucial fixture against a buoyant Manchester United side.

Spurs after the loss to United, will be hoping that Harry Kane can regain his fitness for Spurs crunch match against Real Madrid on Wednesday. The match up provides Mauricio Pochettino yet another opportunity to reaffirm his burgeoning reputation after Spur’s impressive draw at the Bernabeu. With both Kane and Pochettino are both linked to Los Blancos, Spurs fans will be hoping for a win but not too good a win… Indeed having lost to Girona 2-1 in the La Liga, Real do not arrive at White Hart Lane as favourites.

North London sides Watford and Arsenal will have experienced vastly differing emotions after their respective weekend results. While Arsenal were able to come back from a goal down to take the win against Swansea, Watford will be disappointed that their recent excellent form deserted them against Stoke. In other news Watford talisman and captain Troy Deeney can now be accused of having too much in the way of cojones after his three match ban for violent misconduct towards Stoke’s Joe Allen.