The problems are starting to mount up for West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini.

West Ham’s season was cruising along nicely as the club comfortably beat Manchester United last weekend to go level on points with Arsenal in fourth.

But injuries and the confidence-shattering 4-0 defeat to Oxford United in midweek could change everything.

Bournemouth are something of a bogey side for West Ham in the Premier League.

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Pellegrini set to make sweeping changes again

And West Ham will go there with Pellegrini set to make more sweeping changes, as many as EIGHT in fact.

Manuel Lanzini and Ryan Fredericks look set to miss the game through injury. Lanzini is out until after the October international break while Fredericks is sidelined after picking up an injury against Manchester United.

That means West Ham must rely on the creaking Pablo Zabaleta – who was torn apart by Oxford – at right-back.

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Lanzini and Fredericks out

It will be between Jack Wilshere and Pablo Fornals as to who replaces Lanzini.


Both – like the entire team – failed to impress at Oxford. But Fornals is expected to get the nod and retain his place.

Lukasz Fabianski strolls back into the side after a laughable performance from Roberto in his stead.

Aaron Cresswell will come back in for the utter liability that is Arthur Masuaku. Angelo Ogbonna will replace Fabian Balbuena – who looks a shadow of the player we saw last season.

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Eight changes

Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson, Declan Rice, Mark Noble and Sebastien Haller will replace Carlos Sanchez, Robert Snodgrass, Nathan Holland and Albian Ajeti.

Predicted West Ham team to face Bournemouth:

Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Fornals, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Haller.

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