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West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini looks set to make two big changes to his side for Manchester City.

West Ham host the champions at the London Stadium as the Premier League resumes.

Facing Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring side is a daunting proposition for most teams with a fully fit squad.

So Pellegrini will be fearing the worst given he is nursing a league-worst injury list.

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Injury problems easing?

Eight Hammers stars are currently on the injured list, three of them for the season.

Two could be back in the squad for the City clash, though, in the shape of Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere.

Neither will be risked from the start.


But Pellegrini looks set to make two big changes to his side to combat the might of City.

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Mark Noble in for Pedro Obiang

Obiang has been very inconsistent this season and was not happy when subbed off against Huddersfield last time out.

Mark Noble has been missing for the last three matches through suspension after his red card at Leicester.

He will come back into the side in place of Obiang to sit deeper in midfield alongside Declan Rice to offer a six man rearguard.

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Michail Antonio in for Grady Diangana

This one might come as a shock to Hammers fans but is with good reason. The youngster has shone since coming into the team following the season-ending injury suffered by Andriy Yarmolenko. But he had a very poor game up at Huddersfield and was subbed at half-time.

Michail Antonio’s days at West Ham look numbered. But given the threat posed by City West Ham need experience and will be relying on Antonio’s pace and power getting back to support Pablo Zabaleta. Sometimes being green can help against such a good side.

But it can go the other way too and the last thing Diangana needs is to stuggle again and lose confidence.

Predicted West Ham XI to face Man City

Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell, Noble, Rice, Snodgrass, Antonio, Anderson, Arnautovic.