David Moyes makes seven West Ham changes with a formation switch or eight if he goes brave in the game against Man City at the Etihad.

West Ham face the daunting task of a trip to champions Man City on Sunday afternoon having watched them dismantle Paris Saint Germain in midweek.

The Hammers are flying this season and go into the game knowing they will move level on points with third-placed Man City with a win at the Etihad.

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But Moyes’s side will also take some confidence from the fact they knocked Man City out of the Carabao Cup last month.


West Ham will be well aware that Pep Guardiola’s side – as they so often do around this time of the season – have clicked into another gear since then.

The Hammers meanwhile have showed the first signs of fatigue amid a jam-packed season with their jaded performance up at Wolves last week resulting in a 1-0 defeat.

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Wolves did a number on West Ham in that game and seriously swamped Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek in central midfield.

After that game Moyes admitted he may have to switch formation to a back five – or back three with wingbacks depending how you view it – for some games to cope with the loss of Ogbonna.

And the Scot could well implement that change against a rampant Man City side today.

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Moyes makes seven West Ham changes with formation switch or brave eight at Man City

As a result Moyes will have to make seven changes to the team which beat Rapid Wien last time out.

Lukasz Fabianski will return to replace Alphonse Areola in goal for West Ham.

Aaron Cresswell will come back into the side as the left centre back with Craig Dawson in the middle and Kurt Zouma in his natural right side centre back position.

Vladimir Coufal looked like he was getting back to his best against Rapid. But Ben Johnson has been brilliant until the poor team performance against Wolves and could keep his place in the team in a right wingback role.

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Arthur Masuaku will stay in the team if Moyes does switch to a back five, playing at left wingback.

Soucek and Rice will play in the middle with Pablo Fornals coming back in and Jarrod Bowen continuing ahead of them behind the returning Michail Antonio up top.

Should Moyes elect to stick with four at the back, expect to see eight changes with the Scot facing a toss up between whether to start Said Benrahma or Manuel Lanzini.

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Man City:

Fabianski, Johnson, Zouma, Dawson, Cresswell, Masuaku, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Bowen, Antonio.

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Man City if Moyes sticks with four at the back:

Fabianski, Johnson, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Benrahma or Lanzini, Bowen, Antonio.

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