West Ham take on Birmingham City in an FA Cup clash on Saturday.

In the early kick-off, Garry Monk’s Blues, who play in the Championship, will travel to London to face the Hammers.

After a gruelling Christmas period, several players could be rested by Manuel Pellegrini.

Here are five changes that he could make for the FA Cup Third Round tie.

Fabianski out, Adrian in

Goalkeeper Adrian has lost his place to Lukasz Fabianski. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Lukasz Fabianski has made the number one spot his own this season but Adrian is still the cup goalkeeper.

The popular Spaniard turned 32 this week and will be eager to impress after losing his starting spot this term.

Diop out, Oxford in

Could Reece Oxford finally get his chance under Manuel Pellegrini? (Photo by Avril Husband/West Ham United via Getty Images)

With Fabian Balbuena out injured, West Ham cannot afford to lose Issa Diop as well.

Angelo Ogbonna has struggled but should be able to cope with Birmingham strikers Che Adams and Lukasz Jutkiewicz a bit more comfortably.


But it could be the perfect time to test Reece Oxford; is he ready for a first-team call-up or does he need to be sold?

Cresswell out, Masuaku in

Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell compete for the left-back spot. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Aaron Cresswell has taken the left-back starting jersey back off Arthur Masuaku again.

The DR Congo international now needs to prove to Pellegrini that he can wrestle that shirt back.

Anderson out, Diangana in

Grady Diangana will be eyeing a start this weekend. (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Getty Images)

Felipe Anderson could do with a rest after playing a lot of football over the Christmas period.

Youngsters Grady Diangana and Nathan Holland, as well as new signing Samir Nasri, will be eager to take his spot and prove what they can do.

Arnautovic out, Silva in

Xande Silva has played one first-team game. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Marko Arnautovic has only just returned from injury and the Hammers need to rest him before the Arsenal game.

This could present a golden opportunity to Xande Silva, the 21-year-old Portuguese striker who has lit up the academy team this season.

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