David Moyes makes nine West Ham United changes for Fulham after a big Flynn Downes decision in our predicted team for the London derby.

West Ham welcome Fulham to the London Stadium on Sunday looking to make it a nine-point week at home and abroad.

A 2-0 win over Wolves last weekend alleviated pressure that had been building on West Ham boss David Moyes.

And the Hammers followed it up with a 1-0 win at Anderlecht to maintain a perfect start to this season’s European adventure.

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Meanwhile Fulham, who have made an excellent start to life back in the top flight, were beaten 4-1 by Newcastle last time out.

As reported by Hammers News at the start of the week, Fulham have several doubts for the clash including star man Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The in-form Serbian lasted just 34 minutes of the defeat to Newcastle and had to be withdrawn through injury. Cottagers boss Marco Silva has admitted he is a major doubt for the trip to West Ham.

West Ham’s starting line-up will be confirmed at 1pm ahead of the 2pm kick-off.

But we predict Moyes makes nine West Ham changes for Fulham after a big Downes decision.

After another man of the match performance in Europe for West Ham against Anderlecht there have been growing calls for Downes to start ahead of Tomas Soucek against the Cottagers.

Moyes himself admitted after the win in Belgium that Downes has given him a big dilemma and a decision to make (Football.London).

Well we think Moyes will stand by his big Czech Soucek in one of nine changes from the side which started against Anderlecht.

Lukasz Fabianski will come back in for Alphonse Areola despite the Frenchman’s unbelievable save which ensured West Ham got all three points against the Belgians.

Areola is clearly going to be West Ham’s number one for many years to come. But Fabianski was arguably man of the match against Wolves and as a result Moyes – who approaches the goalkeeping situation in a very black and white manner – will believe he has no reason to change.

Another player who was a big shout for man of the match in the win over Wolves last weekend was Soucek.

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And he will come back in after being replaced by Downes in midweek.

Captain Declan Rice will come back in for Manuel Lanzini in change number three.

Change four sees Thilo Kehrer replace Vladimir Coufal and play at right-back while Kurt Zouma replaces Ben Johnson to take up his position alongside Craig Dawson in central defence for change number five.

Moyes favourite Aaron Cresswell will come back in to replace Emerson as left-back in change number six.

Angelo Ogbonna drops out in change number seven with Pablo Fornals coming in to play ahead of Cresswell on the left in Maxwel Cornet’s absence.

Lucas Paqueta and Gianluca Scamacca will be back in from the start for West Ham, replacing Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Fulham featuring nine changes:

Fabianski, Kehrer, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Paqueta, Bowen, Scamacca.


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