West Ham United boss David Moyes faces an unusual challenge as his side face Wolverhampton Wanderers this Sunday.
West Ham will be managed remotely by the Hammers boss as he self-isolates having tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week.
West Ham have got the season off to a frustrating start.
The team simply did not turn up for the opening game against Newcastle and were comfortably beaten 2-0.
West Ham have upped their game since opening day defeat
But the Hammers have performed well since. Moyes’s side beat Charlton 3-0 in the league cup, undeservedly lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the league last weekend and then thrashed Hull 5-1 in midweek.
West Ham face a tough run of fixtures and Moyes knows they must be looking to get their season up and running with three points from the game against Wolves at home.
With the side the Scot is putting out for cup games doing so well, he will be tempted into three changes for the visit of Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.
Moyes to make three changes as he manages Hammers from home
Issa Diop is also self-isolating having also tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the game as a result.
Fabian Balbuena will replace the French centre-back in a five-man defence as Moyes deploys a 5321 formation again.
Andriy Yarmolenko’s fine form will earn him a starting spot on the right of midfield in place of Jarrod Bowen.
Yarmolenko scored a brace and set up two goals in the Hull demolition.
Balbuena, Yarmolenko and Haller get the nod?
Bowen has struggled to make an impact in the two games so far. And he looks set to be used off the bench against Wolves.
The big decision Moyes has to make surrounds Sebastien Haller and Michail Antonio.
West Ham’s £45 million French striker has scored four goals in the two Carabao Cup games.
And if fit – he was nursing a sore hamstring after the Hull game – he will start up front with Antonio replacing Pablo Fornals out on the left.
Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Wolves:
Fabianski, Masuaku, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Balbuena, Fredericks, Rice, Soucek, Antonio, Yarmolenko, Haller.