Confirmed: West Ham line-up v Birkirkara - Reid misses out, Zarate starts

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Here is how West Ham will line up for tonight's match against Birkirkara.

West Ham starting XI: Adrian; O'Brien, Tomkins, Collins, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble; Nolan, Jarvis, Amalfitano, Zarate.

West Ham substitutes: Randolph, Hendrie, Pike, Poyet, Samuelsen, Maiga.

West Ham's Europa League campaign resumes tonight as they travel to Malta to take on Birkirkara following a nervy first leg.

The Hammers are overwhelming favourites to make it through to the next stage, but it took a late James Tomkins goal to break down Birkirkara at home last week, handing Slaven Bilic a 1-0 win in front of a frustrated Upton Park crowd.

Tonight, Bilic will be hoping for a much more convincing display from his side, and has picked a strong line-up as he bids to avoid an upset.

Defender Winston Reid misses out as a precaution having picked up a knock in training, whilst Mauro Zarate leads the line in attack, with Modibo Maiga on the bench.

Also in the bench is teenage sensation Martin Samuelsen, who has been very impressive in pre-season friendlies, whilst Kevin Nolan starts behind Zarate.

It's an experienced line-up from Bilic, and there should be enough to get West Ham over the line - but after a tense display last week, Hammers fans may still be a little nervous this evening.

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