Holland to start, Anderson out: Predicted West Ham starting XI v Gillingham
New West Ham United manager David Moyes got his second Hammers regime off to the perfect start against Bournemouth on Wednesday.
That 4-0 thumping of the Cherries was the perfect tonic for what ailed the Irons, and now they can turn their attention to Sunday’s FA Cup clash with League One Gillingham.
In total we expect to see seven changes made by the Scot for the game, although it could be less as he will be wary of suffering the sort of humiliation his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini did against Oxford United in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.
It’s pretty likely that there will be a change between the sticks, though, with Lukasz Fabianski probably not being risked. That means back-up Roberto could well come in.
The defence will surely also see some shuffling. Pablo Zabaleta, Winston Reid and Arthur Masuaku can all expect to replace Ryan Fredericks, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell.
In midfield, Robert Snodgrass and Mark Noble will likely miss out. Carlos Sanchez and young Nathan Holland are the most probable beneficiaries.
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And in the second striker role, Moyes may well give the polarising Albian Ajeti a chance to show what he can do in support of Sebastien Haller, with Felipe Anderson surely dropping out.
This is the starting XI we expect to see Moyes put out at the Priestfield Stadium.
In other West Ham news, the club are reportedly in talks over an 18-month loan deal for a Portugal international.