West Ham United travel to Oxford United in the Carabao Cup tonight.

Victory would see the high-flying Hammers through to the last 16 of the EFL Cup.

It would also mean Manuel Pellegrini’s side are unbeaten in seven games.

And that would represent a superb start to the season for West Ham, who sit fifth in the fledgling Premier League table to boot.

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High-flying Hammers

The Hammers go into the game off the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Manchester United last time out.

Oxford will be no pushovers, though, and their manager Karl Robinson is putting together a very handy side.

Reports ahead of the match claim Robinson will make a host of changes to his team, who thrashed Lincoln 6-0 last time out.

West Ham boss Pellegrini is set to go a step further and make EIGHT changes from the side that started against the Red Devils on Sunday.

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Pellegrini to make eight changes and one with a twist

Number two goalkeeper Roberto will come in for Lukasz Fabianski.

Ryan Fredericks picked up a knock and had to be substituted against Manchester United so Pablo Zabaleta or Ben Johnson will come in.

Issa Diop is one of only three players who will keep their place. And he will be partnered by Fabian Balbuena who will replace Angelo Ogbonna.

 

Aaron Cresswell’s superb performance and goal last time out means he is now in possession of the left-back shirt ahead of Arthur Masuaku.

So there will be one change that comes with an added twist.

Given the injuries to Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and now Felipe Anderson’s knock from the weekend, Masuaku will be deployed in his favoured position wide left in the Brazilian’s place.

Masuaku will want to take the chance to shine considering he regularly makes it clear that is his preferred role.

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Ajeti gets another chance

Carlos Sanchez will step into central midfield to give Declan Rice a rest.

Robert Snodgrass and Jack Wilshere replace Andriy Yarmolenko and Mark Noble respectively to play alongside Pablo Fornals.

And up front Albian Ajeti gets his chance in place of Sebastien Haller.

Despite all the changes it says a lot about the squad Pellegrini is putting together that West Ham still look strong.

It will all be down to attitude and application now if the Hammers are to make it into the hat for the next round.

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