West Ham United make the short trip to League One Gillingham in the FA Cup third round today.
The Hammers got David Moyes’s second spell as boss off to the best possible start with a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.
Now attentions turn to the FA Cup.
Fans tired of seeing club fail to take cups seriously
West Ham fans are tired of seeing the club failing to take the cup competitions seriously under a succession of managers in recent seasons.
But no-nonsense Scot Moyes is looking to change that.
He told the press ahead of the game that West Ham are looking to win the FA Cup (whufc.com).
His hopes of putting out the strongest possible team have been dealt a blow, though.
Moyes to make five changes as injuries hit
West Ham have a host of injury concerns ahead of the clash against Steve Evans’s side. And it could mean five changes are on the cards.
Michail Antonio remains out with a hamstring injury while Lukasz Fabianski, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble are all touch and go.
With David Martin also injured at the moment, it means the hapless Roberto could come back into the team in goal. But Fabianski is expected to be passed fit.
Ogbonna will be replaced by Issa Diop while Fabian Balbuena could give way for Winston Reid at the back.
Cresswell will be rested with either Arthur Masuaku or Pablo Zabaleta deputising.
Predicted Hammers team to face Gills
Manuel Lanzini could also come into the team for Noble.
And there is a possibility Sebastien Haller will be rested with Moyes keen to see what Albian Ajeti can offer up front.
Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Gillingham:
Roberto, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Zabaleta or Masuaku, Snodgrass, Rice, Fornals, Lanzini, Anderson, Ajeti.