WHZ View: West Ham predicted XI v Man City
David Moyes is predicted to name an unchanged West Ham starting line-up for the third Premier League match in a row when the Irons welcome Manchester City to the London Stadium on Saturday.
West Ham are in a good run of form ahead of their meeting with Pep Guardiola’s side after comfortably beating Wolves and Leicester before coming from three goals behind to draw with Tottenham last weekend.
Even though Moyes’ substitutes made a massive difference in the 3-3 draw with Spurs on Sunday, we don’t expect the Scottish boss to make any changes to his starting line-up with Michail Antonio reportedly available for selection despite suffering a knock in North London.
Lukasz Fabianski is expected to start in goals behind a back-three of Fabian Balbuena, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell. Vladimir Coufal is likely to retain his spot as the right wing-back with Arthur Masuaku on the left.
Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have barely put a foot wrong in recent matches so are predicted to remain in the central midfield positions with Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals ahead of them in the attacking roles.
Football.London has reported that forwards Antonio and Sebastien Haller are both available to play against Man City but Antonio’s form means that he’s likely to start up front on Saturday.
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Moyes has quite a selection headache ahead of the match with new signings Craig Dawson and Said Benrahma also available.
His bench against Tottenham comprised of Manuel Lanzini, Robert Snodgrass, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ryan Fredericks, Mark Noble, Issa Diop and Darren Randolph.
It’s hard to justify dropping any of them out of the squad to make way for one of the new arrivals, as well as the fit-again Haller.
In other West Ham news, the Irons are reportedly ready to offer Rice a new contract.