West Ham United boss David Moyes looks set to make three changes to his side for the big game at Brighton.
West Ham face a must-win game at the Amex on Saturday night if they want to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
The Hammers will be taking on a depleted Brighton who are missing eight players including skipper Lewis Dunk, striker Neal Maupay and Joel Veltman to name but a few.
Moyes coy on injuries but Hammers look set for triple boost
Moyes remained tight-lipped on the anticipated return of Declan Rice when speaking in his pre-match press conference.
“Some of them are doing well, some of them aren’t doing so well, but I’m hoping to get some of them back for the game,” Moyes told the press ahead of the game (whufc.com).
“I’d rate Dec’s chances the same as (Aaron) Cresswell, (Angelo) Ogbonna and the rest of them. I wouldn’t want to give anything away.”
Rice back as Moyes makes three changes?
With Rice tipped to return to the starting XI after six weeks out, that bodes well for Cresswell and Ogbonna too.
So Moyes is expected to make three changes for the must-win game.
Ogbonna will come back into the starting line-up in place of Issa Diop. Neither he nor Craig Dawson have covered themselves in glory of late.
But Ogbonna’s partnership with Dawson had West Ham the most solid they have been all season before it was interrupted by the Italian’s injury back in February.
We’re getting the band back together
Rice will return to central midfield in place of the injured Manuel Lanzini.
Said Benrahma will be dropped after an ineffective display against Everton with Jarrod Bowen coming back in.
Bowen will play off the right with Pablo Fornals switching back over to the left.
It means West Ham are quite literally getting the band back together.
West Ham predicted starting XI to face Brighton:
Fabianski, Coufal, Ogbonna, Dawson, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Bowen, Lingard, Antonio.