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Predicted West Ham XI to face Everton in EFL Cup Round of 16

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Predicted West Ham XI to face Everton in EFL Cup Round of 16

West Ham United take on in-form Everton in the EFL Cup Round of 16, and the visitors will be looking to follow up their amazing 4-0 win over Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday.

David Moyes’ side have looked great in the competition so far, having beaten Charlton Athletic and Hull City 3-0 and 5-1 respectively.

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Wednesday night’s game should be far tougher though, with Everton having won all five of their games in 2020/21 so far.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side look completely transformed, with new signings Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez making a major difference.

It remains to be seen who of those three will actually play at Goodison Park.

For West Ham, the still self-isolating Moyes is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that dismantled Hull, although he will bear in mind that it’s Premier League opposition this time around.

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Darren Randolph will probably keep his place in goal, and the Scot could go with a back four of Ben Johnson at right-back, Fabian Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna in the middle and Arthur Masuaku on the left.

The Italian, who signed for a reported £10 million five years ago (BBC Sport), could be preferred to youngster Aji Alese with Everton likely to pose a greater threat than Hull.

 

Masuaku in a back four is always a risk, but he played there against Charlton, as did Johnson on the right.

In midfield, £50,000-a-week skipper Mark Noble (Spotrac) may be given a start after only getting a cameo at the weekend, with Robert Snodgrass his engine room partner.

Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko will surely form Sebastien Haller’s supporting cast.

A fairly strong team, for a confident side that may also whip out some big guns on Merseyside.

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