West Ham are expected to make a handful of changes as they look to get back to winning ways against Watford on Tuesday afternoon.
David Moyes’ side suffered a fourth loss in five games on Boxing Day against Southampton, and now travel just out of London to face relegation to Watford at Vicarage Road.
With dense and fast games, along with injuries and suspensions, the boss has some decisions to make on which team is best to nominate to get all three points.
In goal there should be no change as Lukasz Fabianski looks to maintain his ever-present record between the sticks in the Premier League this season.
In defense, there can’t be too many changes due to injury. Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop will all start out of necessity, but Ben Johnson is expected to side with Arthur Masuaku.
The DR Congo left-back has been called “poor” by Ian Wright for his performance against the Saints and is unlikely to start again so soon after a poor performance.
In midfield, usual captain Declan Rice is suspended after receiving a fifth yellow card of the season which should allow club captain Mark Noble to make his first league debut this season.
He’s only played three minutes in two Premier League appearances so far, and not since his missed penalty against Manchester United in September. He will be partner of Tomas Soucek.
In attack, Manuel Lanzini had a positive impact on the bench last time around, so he should return to the lineup instead of the disappointing Pablo Fornals.
Jarred Bowen will likely return to the right wing, which will allow Michail Antonio to return to the front side after his goal. Said Benrahma should keep his place on the left as well.
Here’s how we expect West Ham to line up against Watford:
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