David Moyes makes four West Ham changes for Wolves after a decision on Said Benrahma as two relegation rivals meet at Molineux.
Moyes and his West Ham players have been sleepwalking into the thick of a relegation battle for months.
And now the pressure really is on.
The clash between West Ham and Wolves brings up the halfway point in the season for both teams and it very much looks like a case of three from the bottom eight who will drop come May.
It’s Survival Saturday with six of the bottom eight facing one another while Bournemouth are also in action.
West Ham head to Wolves on Saturday afternoon to face Julen Lopetegui’s much-improved side.
Moyes has already confirmed Craig Dawson – who looks increasingly likely to move to Wolves this month – is not available for selection – presumably as a result of the bid from Lopetegui.
West Ham got their first win in seven games last time out in the FA Cup at Brentford.
We predict Moyes makes four West Ham changes for Wolves after a Benrahma decision.
The Scot will likely switch to a back three with Aaron Cresswell replacing Dawson in the starting XI in change number one – coming back in at left-back.
Nayef Aguerd will partner Angelo Ogbonna in central defence while Vladimir Coufal returns in change number two, replacing Ben Johnson.
We think Moyes will stick with a midfield three of Declan Rice, Lucas Paqueta and Tomas Soucek.
And that means Said Benrahma – despite scoring the winner as a substitute against Brentford last time out – remains on the bench with Pablo Fornals replacing Emerson in change number three.
Striker Gianluca Scamacca has trained this week after missing Brentford with a knee injury.
It would be a big call over who starts up front between Scamacca and Michail Antonio. But the simple fact is Antonio has been woeful for the best part of a year and there is no real choice to be made.
If the Italian is fit, he plays, simple.
Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Wolves:
Fabianski, Coufal, Aguerd, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Paqueta, Fornals, Bowen, Scamacca.