David Moyes makes four West Ham changes for the clash with the Saints after getting massive Michail Antonio boost in our predicted line-up.
West Ham entertain Southampton at the London Stadium on Boxing Day hoping to get back on track.
The Hammers are in a difficult moment right now after a run which has seen them win just one of their last six Premier League games and be knocked out of the Carabao Cup.
There were plenty of positives from West Ham’s performance in the 2-1 defeat to Spurs in midweek, though.
West Ham spent Christmas in the top four of the Premier League for the first time since the 2014/15 season.
Moyes’s side now face a very winnable – on paper at least – run of games with Southampton up first.
All eyes will be on whether Michail Antonio – missing at Spurs after his wife tested positive for Covid – will be ok to return.
Antonio has not tested positive himself and his wife’s positive result was well over a week ago. So providing the powerhouse has not since started testing positive, he looks likely to be allowed to return.
Vladimir Coufal is back after suspension but Aaron Cresswell looks likely for an extended spell out of the side with a chipped bone in his back.
That should translate to Moyes making four changes for the Saints clash from the side which narrowly lost to Spurs in midweek.
Predicted: David Moyes makes four West Ham changes for Saints after getting massive Michail Antonio boost
Lukasz Fabianski will be back in goal in place of Alphonse Areola in the first change.
Change number two will see Coufal in for Harrison Ashby – who did himself no harm at all with his performance at Spurs – at right-back.
Antonio comes back in up front for change number three with Manuel Lanzini a possible casualty. Such was Nikola Vlasic’s improved performance against Spurs, he may keep his place with Jarrod Bowen reverting to his wide right role and Vlasic in Lanzini’s place behind Antonio.
The final change is likely to be Pablo Fornals back in for the hapless Arthur Masuaku.
Ben Johnson will remain in the side but this time at left-back having operated in a back three vs Tottenham.
If Antonio is not free to play then Bowen will start up front with Lanzini staying in the side.
Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Southampton:
Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Johnson, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Vlasic, Bowen, Antonio.