David Moyes looks set to make four changes to his West Ham side for the Carabao Cup clash with Spurs this evening.
West Ham play bitter rivals Tottenham in the EFL Carabao Cup quarter-finals after a rare week off due to their Premier League clash with Norwich being called off at the weekend.
Spurs know all about that. Antonio Conte has seen four games called off, three due to Covid and one because of snow.
West Ham will be without right-back Vladimir Coufal due to suspension after the ridiculous red card he picked up against Arsenal last week.
And according to West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh, left-back Aaron Cresswell remains out with a back injury.
Moyes is renowned for playing his cards extremely close to his chest when it comes to team news.
The Scot is old school in that respect and never wants to give anything away to the opposition.
Predicted line-up: David Moyes makes four West Ham changes for Spurs clash with new look up front
But the fan favourite posted on social media earlier suggesting he was ready for the game.
With all that in mind – and the mine field that is Covid cases right now – let’s take a look at how we expect West Ham to line-up against Tottenham.
According to Claret and Hugh, Ryan Fredericks and Ben Johnson should both return from injury in time to take the place of Coufal and Cresswell respectively.
Alphonse Areola will come in for Lukasz Fabianski.
And Nikola Vlasic looks set to replace Antonio if – as is expected – he is ruled out.
It means a new look up front for West Ham against Spurs with Bowen leading the line.
If the rumours about Bowen also being out are true then expect Said Benrahma to play with Vlasic as a false nine. Or perhaps even Sonny Perkins up top.
Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Tottenham:
Areola, Fredericks, Dawson, Diop, Johnson, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Lanzini, Vlasic, Bowen.