westham.jpgGianfranco Zola has been handed a tough test as he enters his second year in the West Ham hotseat.

The Irons entertain Liverpool looking for their first league victory since winning 2-0 at Wolves on the opening day of the season.

Goalscoring has been the major problem for Zola's men, having drawn a blank in their last two outings, against Blackburn and Wigan respectively.

The Irons will hope Alessandro Diamanti, who should make his full debut after a substitute outing last weekend at Wigan, will help solve their problems in front of goal.

Valon Behrami will be in the squad, as will left-back Herita Ilunga but new signing Guillermo Franco will not feature.

Liverpool played in midweek in Champions' League, securing a 1-0 win over Debrecen of Hungary thanks to a Dirk Kuyt goal.

They should include former Hammers' players Glen Johnson, an £18million summer signing from Portsmouth, Javier Mascherano and Yossi Benayoun, who scored a hat-trick in last Saturday's 4-0 thrashing of Burnley.

Last season the Reds romped to a 3-0 win, with Steven Gerrard outstanding. West Ham will have their work cut out to contain the Merseysiders again tomorrow.

The club has been designated it as the annual match to raise funds for Richard House Children's Hospice.

Supporters are advised to allow extra time for their journeys to the game, which kicks off at 5.30pm, because the District and Hammersmith & City lines are closed between Barking and Whitechapel, so no services will be calling at Upton Park station.

West Ham (from): Green, Kurucz, Ilunga, Spector, Ferrari, Daprela, Upson, Faubert, Tomkins, Gabbidon, Parker, Noble, Behrami, Da Costa, Payne, Kovac, Stanislas, Cole, Hines, Diamanti, Nouble.

Venue: Boleyn Ground.

Kick off: 5.30pm.

Referee: Andre Marriner

Travel: Upton Park station is closed. No services between Barking and Whitechapel.

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