David Moyes faces a big decision for West Ham United’s season finale against Southampton today.
And it all rests around the fitness of number one goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
The Poland international was injured in the warm-up ahead of West Ham’s 3-1 win at West Brom in midweek.
Moyes faces late decision on Fabianski for Saints
But Moyes admitted ahead of West Ham’s last game of the season that the knee injury was not a bad one and Fabianski could be in contention.
West Ham know a point will secure the club’s best ever Premier League points total and Europa League football.
And it is a case of stick or twist for Moyes.
Does he keep things as they were against West Brom – which was far from West Ham’s finest performance – and go for it?
Or does he take a more pragmatic approach and hope his offensive players get the job done?
Much of his decision making may come down to Fabianski’s fitness.
Hammers boss could switch formation to protect Randolph but with Benrahma the fall guy as usual
If Darren Randolph has to deputise Moyes will be concerned about crosses and set pieces. Especially against a Saints side with a number of tall players.
So – as he did when seeing out the West Brom win – Moyes may switch formation to a back five and bring Issa Diop in to give Randolph some added protection.
That would almost certainly mean Moyes’s fall guy Said Benrahma would be the man to make way.
Back five with Diop in and Benrahma out if Fab doesn’t make it?
So ahead of the crucial match here’s a look at two different predicted West Ham starting line-ups based on whether Fabianski is fit.
Predicted West Ham starting XI with Fabianski fit, one change:
Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Benrahma, Lingard, Antonio.
Predicted West Ham starting XI with Randolph starting, one change and formation switch:
Randolph, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Diop, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Lingard, Antonio.