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Do West Ham now have their go-to centre-back pairing in Diop and Ogbonna?
during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between AFC Wimbledon and West Ham United at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on August 28, 2018 in Kingston upon Thames, England.

Do West Ham now have their go-to centre-back pairing in Diop and Ogbonna?

Manuel Pellegrini may well have discovered his first-choice centre-back pairing in Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna.

West Ham beat AFC Wimbledon 3-1 at Kingsmeadow in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Angelo Ogbonna scored against AFC Wimbledon. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

It was an important win for the Hammers after three straight Premier League defeats.

There were slight concerns after the visitors went behind inside two minutes, but a red card helped them back into the game.

Goals from Diop and Ogbonna put West Ham in front before Javier Hernandez put the icing on the cake.

It wasn’t a totally comfortable victory for the Irons despite the eventual two-goal margin.

Diop and Ogbonna to start together going forwards?

Pellegrini may well have found his first choice centre-halves going forwards though in Diop and Ogbonna.

The £22 million signing from Toulouse did well on only his second start for the club and also demonstrated an eye for goal.

Issa Diop also scored against Wimbledon. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Ogbonna was beaten in the air for the Wimbledon goal which was unfortunate, but is arguably the club’s best available defender.

The pair are imposing and mobile, and could be Pellegrini’s go-to defenders with Fabian Balbuena having struggled so far.

Rice to remain in midfield?

Another reason why Pellegrini could go with Diop and Ogbonna at the back is Declan Rice’s capability in midfield.

The Irishman stood out against Wimbledon in a holding midfield role.

Perhaps the 19-year-old’s display will encourage Pellegrini to continue fielding him there.

Will Pellegrini continue to use Rice as a holding midfielder? (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Pedro Obiang was poor, so there’s every chance the Chilean will want to use the teenager over the Spaniard.

Last season, of course, Rice played at the back alongside Ogbonna.

That combination didn’t fare so well, and maybe Pellegrini will favour the Italian alongside Diop, with Rice screening them as a disciplined holding midfielder.