West Ham United tackle struggling Southampton at St Mary’s this afternoon, with David Moyes’ facet seeking to choose up their fifth successive win in all competitions, having begun to indicate indicators of life after an preliminary sluggish begin to the marketing campaign.
The Hammers’ newest triumph got here at dwelling to Belgian outfit Anderlecht within the Europa Convention League, because the east Londoners maintained their good begin to the competitors with a 2-1 victory, courtesy of targets from Mentioned Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen.
The latter man stays a very deadly presence on the London Stadium, with that having been his third aim in 4 video games throughout all fronts.
Nevertheless, the Englishman might be hoping to enhance on his underwhelming file on the street, with simply 4 targets in 54 Premier League away appearances thus far.
The guests are dealing with a lot of potential availability considerations forward of that conflict, with each Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson having been compelled off with harm in midweek, whereas fellow centre-back Kurt Zouma missed the match completely as a result of sickness – as did striker Michail Antonio. Summer season signing Thilo Kehrer was one other who sat out that win as a “precaution”, though the expectation is that the German ace ought to be in line to return, regardless of lingering doubts over teammate Zouma.
Amid that defensive disaster, we predict that Moyes will make 5 adjustments from that midweek outing, with the previous Everton boss doubtlessly set to stick with a again 5, because of the doable lack of centre-back choices.
In aim, Lukasz Fabianski will resume his normal league beginning berth, with the aforementioned Kehrer – in addition to Ben Johnson and Aaron Cresswell – forming one thing of a makeshift again line.
At wing-back, Vladimir Coufal and Emerson Palmieri will seemingly hold their locations having began on Thursday night time, whereas there could possibly be two alterations in midfield with the first-choice pairing of Tomas Soucek and skipper Declan Rice more likely to return.
In assault, Pablo Fornals may nicely be compelled to offer method on account of the formation tweak, with the £67k-per-week “machine” – as dubbed by broadcaster Tom Rennie – having began in final week’s win over Fulham.
That ought to nicely see an attacking trio of that man Bowen, alongside new arrivals Lucas Paqueta and Gianluca Scamacca, with the latter man having seemed “very harmful” of late, in accordance with journalist Tom Collomosse, with two targets in his final two league video games.