Two crucial changes West Ham boss Bilic should make for West Brom

Slaven Bilic

West Ham United travel to West Bromwich Albion looking to keep quest for European football on track on Saturday.

The sixth-placed Hammers are flying high this season and have impressed fans and pundits alike by mounting a serious challenge for the Champions League places.

Slaven Bilic has reinvigorated the East Londoners and with stars such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini, the Hammers are playing the 'West Ham way' once more.

The club narrowly missed out on a trip to Wembley after being held by a late goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford before losing 2-1 in the replay at Upton Park earlier this month.

A 3-1 win over Watford last time out kept the Hammers on course for European football next season, a quest they continue against Tony Pulis' Baggies at the Hawthorns.

So what changes does Bilic need to make to the side that started against the Hornets to bring all three points back to London?

Collins in for Reid

James Collins has been West Ham's best defender this season and his injury seriously derailed the club's progress in both the FA Cup and league.

In the 11 games he and Angelo Ogbonna have played together this season the Hammers have conceded just eight goals compared to 30 conceded by Winston Reid and Ogbonna in 19 games together.

Reid has looked off the pace since returning from injury and has been at fault for a number of goals recently as well as picking up early bookings which has left him walking a tightrope for the rest of the games.

Hammers co-owner David Gold has even been forced to defend Reid after pleas to sell the New Zealand captain on Twitter.

Byram in for Sakho

Diafra Sakho returned to the West Ham team and produced a solid display up front alongside Andy Carroll against Watford.

The Hammers will not be so brazen as to play two up front away from home given the attacking mindset of their midfield stars Payet and Lanzini.

Sam Byram has barely featured due to niggles and being cup tied since signing from Leeds United but has impressed when he has.

He should come in for Sakho to take the place of the brilliant Michail Antonio, who has been playing - fantastically - out of position at right back for the last two months.

Byram will allow Antonio to move forward to his attacking role and give the Hammers a more solid shape.

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