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It’s all eyes on Wembley tonight for West Ham United

In the middle of an intense period, the focus is very much on taking one game at a time.

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Playing two matches in the space of 48 hours can either work for or against you. It all depends on the result of the previous game and as we all know, football is about getting results.

With West Ham United having taken maximum points from West Bromwich Albion in the first of this short but intensive period of three games in six days, the second match against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley 48 hours later doesn't give David Moyes et al. any real time to rest on their laurels after Tuesday's 2 - 1 victory.

Not that David is likely to let that happen in any case I hasten to add!

But the elation felt after beating West Brom will have quickly been put to one side as the preparations began for yet another trip to Wembley and the Hammers ready themselves to face familiar opposition once again.

First and foremost, David's planning will centre around who is likely to be available for selection; and any injuries sustained during the West Bromwich game will be uppermost in his mind.

His team choices will be focussed on that although it will likely be a late decision once again due to the time factors involved.

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One of David’s main concerns will be over the fitness of Mark Noble who made a welcome return to the team on Tuesday night as a substitute; and in big away games like the one at Wembley against Spurs Mark’s experience and organisational skills will be invaluable.

Provided he hasn’t suffered any reaction to playing the second half against West Brom, then Mark could well turn out to be a key figure in David’s potential line-up against the Hammer’s London rivals.

However, David is likely to keep his cards close to his chest yet again for tonight, and in all honesty he may not have any other option.

Since the Wembley match comes in such close proximity to the Albion game it might well be into late Thursday afternoon / early evening before David has a realistic idea of who will be fit and who won’t.

On that score, he’s not going to want to take any risks, and will probably be happy to delay selection until the last possible minute in order to give anyone in doubt the best possible chance to recover.

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Definitely out of the squad is of course Jose Fonté, and with Sam Byram unlikely to be included for now it will once again be a day for late decisions.

In addition to the above two, Michail Antonio is reported to be struggling to shake off the type of niggling injuries that are making life difficult for him at the moment.

And not forgetting James Collins who is also having a difficult week, it’s a question of managing everyone properly in order to avoid piling up problems once this period ends with the visit to Shrewsbury on Sunday in the F.A. Cup.

David certainly has his work cut out for him in that respect, and as said before, he’ll not be wanting to give too much away; either for the Spurs game or for when the fixtures begin to level out a bit once this period is over.

For the moment, though, all eyes are on Wembley tonight and the hope of another three points.