West Ham United boss David Moyes looks set to make four changes for tonight’s crunch game against Burnley.

Moyes rules West Ham out of striker race and lifts lid on summer transfer budget

The Hammers know a win will lift them back above Spurs into fifth and close the gap on Chelsea in fourth.

But Burnley will be no pushovers. The Clarets battered Wolves 4-0 away last time out.

West Ham United Training Session
Photo by Arfa Griffiths West Ham United FC via Getty Images

Speculation rife over Noble, Rice and Antonio

Speculation has been rife that captain Mark Noble is the latest name to be added to Moyes’s injury list – read the full story.

Noble limped off in the defeat to Chelsea with a calf injury. And the unverified talk on social media is that Noble will miss the match at Turf Moor.

It remains to be seen whether that is the case.

That is also the case when it comes to talk of West Ham stars Declan Rice and Michail Antonio returning to the side after a month out.

The chances of either player being back for this one seem outlandish.

FBL-ENG-PR-WEST HAM-CRYSTAL PALACE
Photo by ADAM DAVY POOL AFP via Getty Images

Moyes to make four changes to Hammers side to face Burnley

But various different reports have suggested Moyes could have one or both back.

Working on the basis that Noble is injured and West Ham will not have Rice or Antonio back, Moyes looks set to make four changes for Burnley.

The first two come in the backline with the returning Craig Dawson replacing Fabian Balbuena.

 

That will see him resume what was an excellent partnership with Angelo Ogbonna.

And Issa Diop will drop out in a second change as he is replaced by Aaron Cresswell following his own return from injury.

Leeds United v West Ham United - Premier League
Photo by Gareth Copley Getty Images

Benrahma to get rare start?

Change number three will see Noble replaced by Said Benrahma with Pablo Fornals dropping into the skipper’s vacated central midfield role alongside Tomas Soucek.

The fourth change will see Ryan Fredericks replaced by – if fit – Arthur Masuaku.

Should Masuaku not make it, expect Fredericks to continue at left wingback.

Jesse Lingard and Jarrod Bowen will continue up front.

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Burnley:

Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Soucek, Fornals, Benrahma, Lingard, Bowen.

David Moyes rips into West Ham theory which borders on offensive

Have something to tell us about this article?