David Moyes looks set to make one West Ham United change for the visit of Man City after his big call on Mark Noble.
There is plenty at stake for both West Ham and Manchester City at the London Stadium in the Sunday afternoon game.
The Hammers know they will go above Man United into sixth place – a Europa League spot – with a win.
And for Pep Guardiola’s side there is the small matter of the Premier League title being on the line.
Man City have been plunged into a major defensive crisis for the West Ham clash with one semi fit centre-back available after a number of injury blows.
West Ham still have plenty to worry about at the other end of course given City’s glittering array of attacking talent – underlined by 10 goals in their last two Premier League games.
But there were signs in the Wolves game last time out that Man City are there to be got at as a result of their defensive injury crisis. And the likes of midfielder Rodri may have to fill in at centre-back against the Hammers.
West Ham go into the game off the back of a resounding 4-0 win over Norwich.
And Moyes has been boosted after admitting two injury doubts – Craig Dawson and Michail Antonio – will be fit to play.
That may not be the case for Said Benrahma who has only been able to do light jogging before the visit of Man City.
The match is of course a huge occasion for the Hammers as it marks Mark Noble’s big farewell.
After 18 years, one club man Noble will be saying goodbye to West Ham fans before retiring next weekend.
There has been much debate about how Moyes should play the situation given Noble’s outstanding long service and with what is at stake.
Should Noble start? Should he come on as a substitute? Or should he be withdrawn on 16 minutes – his shirt number – in a symbolic gesture?
Predicted: David Moyes makes one West Ham change for Man City after big Mark Noble call
Noble admitted before the game he has told Moyes not to let sentimentality come into his thinking.
As a result we believe Moyes makes one West Ham change for Man City after his big Noble call.
The skipper will be on the bench while Tomas Soucek comes into the side in place of Said Benrahma in the only change from the side that started against Norwich.
West Ham have confirmed Noble will be getting a dedicated send-off with plans before kick-off and after the game to honour Mr West Ham.
Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Man City:
Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Lanzini, Bowen, Antonio.