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West Ham United travel to Southampton this evening looking to get back to winning ways.

Manuel Pellegrini had led West Ham on a four-game winning streak until the 2-0 home defeat to Watford last time out.

The revival sparked talk of a top six finish given how open the league is this season beneath the elite.

Defeat to the clinical Hornets could just have easily been victory had West Ham taken their chances.

Now Pellegrini’s side face a rejuvenated Saints under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

West Ham could go as high as eighth with a convincing win at St Marys.

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But they will have to do so without a host of key players.

As a result Pellegrini looks set to name a much-changed side for the game.

Angelo Ogbonna in for Fabian Balbuena

Balbuena has been one of the stars of West Ham’s season and has forged an excellent defensive partnership with fellow summer signing Issa Diop.

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The Paraguayan injured his knee in the challenge which handed Watford a penalty last time out and is expected to be out for a month.

Experienced Ogbonna will step in and will be hoping to stake a claim to stay in the team with his performances in Balbuena’s absence.


Aaron Cresswell in for Arthur Masuaku

This one is not enforced but what West Ham need with a changed central defensive partnership is solidity at the back.

Masuaku is too unreliable defensively and Cresswell looked to be getting back to something like his best before his latest injury.

Cresswell should come back into the side for this one.

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Lucas Perez in for Javier Hernandez

Perez has been missing since picking up a nasty gash on his foot during the win over Crystal Palace. He had just found some form and Pellegrini will be hoping he can pick up where he left off when he replaces the injured Chicharito at Southampton.

Who’s on the bench?

Defensively West Ham look stretched but have Antonio and Rice as potential emergency cover should they be needed.

Expect to see Andy Carroll in the second half. And youngsters Grady Diangana and Xande Silva will be back-ups in the midfield and forward area.

There was talk talisman Marko Arnautovic could be fit sooner than expected. But he is more likely to face Burnley at the weekend.

Predicted West Ham XI to face Southampton:

Fabianski, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Cresswell, Snodgrass, Rice, Noble, Anderson, Perez, Antonio.

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