West Ham United boss David Moyes could make one key change to his side for the match against Newcastle United this afternoon.
West Ham go into the game at Newcastle off the back off an impressive and vital 3-2 win over Chelsea in midweek.
After defeats for Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich on Saturday – and with Aston Villa facing Liverpool at Anfield – West Ham have a huge chance to double down on the excellent victory over the Blues and go six points clear of the relegation zone.
That would effectively be seven points clear given West Ham’s now significantly superior goal difference.
But West Ham will face a Newcastle side in red hot form.
Both West Ham and Newcastle have several injury doubts for the game.
And that could see Moyes name an unchanged side for the trip to St James’s Park.
But given the energy expended against Chelsea less than four days ago and the impressive cameo performance of Andriy Yarmolenko, the Scot could tinker with one key change.
West Ham can afford to be more adventurous against Newcastle while simultaneously providing much-needed support for Michail Antonio.
And that could see Yarmolenko brought into the side in place of Manuel Lanzini to operate as a second striker.
Lanzini out, Yarmo in for Hammers?
It is a role Yarmolenko is well accustomed to having played there many times, particularly for Ukraine in recent matches, with much success too.
Lanzini worked hard for the team but was ineffective against Chelsea.
Yarmolenko made a big impact, though, and this could be his chance to prove he can salvage his West Ham career after speculation he will be sold in the summer (Football Insider).
Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Newcastle:
Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Bowen, Antonio, Yarmolenko.