Bowen set to start in two switches: West Ham predicted starting XI v Southampton
West Ham United return to Premier League action on Saturday with a must-win fixture against Southampton at the London Stadium.
The Saints appear to have moved away from immediate relegation trouble with a fine run of form in recent months.
The Hammers, on the other hand, remain embedded deep in the mire. They need to start picking up wins as soon as possible.
With that said, it will be interesting to see how many changes manager David Moyes makes from Monday night’s valiant 3-2 defeat to Liverpool.
The likelihood is that he will probably make two alterations. Tomas Soucek drops out with injury, with Pablo Fornals sure to replace him. Jarrod Bowen, meanwhile, can expect to come in for Felipe Anderson.
Number one goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski endured a shocker of a game at Anfield. However, he has credit in the bank and will almost certainly keep his place against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
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Teenager Jeremy Ngakia put in a sterling effort at right back on Monday, and will surely keep Pablo Zabaleta out once again. Meanwhile, Aaron Cresswell is a dead ringer to start at left back.
Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna did fine work against the league leaders, and both men can expect to play from the beginning once again.
Soucek’s injury will likely prompt a reshuffle to 4-2-3-1. With that said, Declan Rice and Mark Noble will almost definitely start in central midfield.
Robert Snodgrass will likely keep his place on the right wing, while Fornals should come in on the left.
Meanwhile, Bowen will surely replace Anderson at number 10 after the Brazilian’s Anfield shocker. Michail Antonio can expect to keep his place up top.
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