West Ham predicted XI: 'Special talent' shakes off injury woes as £25m ace drops to the bench
After a few blips in their chase of Champions League football, West Ham United will be looking to return back to form as they take on Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend.
The Hammers were on the end of yet another defeat last Sunday as they lost narrowly to Everton, 1-0, thanks to a goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
It was the club’s third loss from their last four Premier League games, a run of form which has seen them fall down to fifth in the league table. Meanwhile, the Seagulls are also looking to return to form after two losses from their last three games.
In terms of team news, the Irons will be praying over the fitness of Declan Rice, Aaron Cresswell, and Manuel Lanzini, all of whom are doubts for the outing.
The defence should be pretty straightforward for David Moyes with Craig Dawson partnering Issa Diop at centre-half, whilst Aaron Cresswell (should he be fit) and Vladamir Coufal filling in on either flank. This back-four has been the staple of this high-flying West Ham team that has seen them challenge for European football this term.
Meanwhile, ‘special talent’ Declan Rice’s injury woes prove to be the biggest worry given how well the Englishman has played this season. He returned to training just prior to the clash against the Merseysiders, however, didn’t feature. Given how much he’s trained over the last week or so, he should be fit enough to partner the goalscoring machine that is Tomas Soucek in front of the back-four.
Jarrod Bowen and £25m man Said Benrahma have been swapping roles in recent outings, but, the Algerian’s struggles against Carlo Ancelotti’s men should be enough to see him return to the bench in favour of the 14-goal Englishman.
Jesse Lingard and Pablo Fornals have both been stalwarts for Moyes during most of this campaign and should continue in their roles behind Michail Antonio, who has played the lone striker role this term.
West Ham predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Fornals, Lingard, Bowen; Antonio.
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