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West Ham United entertain Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday in what has become a crucial game.

With the international break looming failure to win will see West Ham go into mid-September without a victory.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side then face a tough run of fixtures with Everton, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham to come in their next five matches.

That gives the Wolves clash added significance.

The Hammers lost their first home game of the season 2-1 to Bournemouth.

But Pellegrini picked up his first win as boss with the 3-1 midweek cup victory over AFC Wimbledon.

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There were also encouraging signs from the unfortunate 3-1 defeat to Arsenal last time out in the Premier League.

Marko Arnautovic looks set to be fit for the game despite picking up a knock against Arsenal.

Pellegrini looks set to make yet more changes to his team for the visit of Wolves, though, after admitting he still does not know his best XI.

Fresh from holding reigning champions Manchester City to a draw Wolves look a tough prospect.

And Pellegrini looks set to make three changes to the side that started at the Emirates as Nuno Espirito Santo’s newly-promoted side roll into town.

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Aaron Cresswell in for Arthur Masuaku

Surely Pellegrini will not persist with Masuaku at left-back in a back four? The DR Congo international has great pace and trickery but is a liability at the back.

He was a success under David Moyes last season but that was only ever as a wingback in a back five.

Masuaku’s defensive frailties are far too exposed in a back four and after Aaron Cresswell’s return to the side in midweek he should come back in.

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Angelo Ogbonna in for Fabian Balbuena

It has been a baptism of fire for Fabian Balbuena since his move from Brazilian side Corinthians.

The Paraguayan has looked a touch out of his depth so far and his lack of pace brutally exposed by Callum Wilson in the defeat to Bournemouth.

Angelo Ogbonna has hardly covered himself in glory either so far.

But he gradually seemed to click alongside young Issa Diop against Wimbledon as the pair both scored late on to secure the comeback win.

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Andriy Yarmolenko in for Robert Snodgrass

If not their best, Snodgrass has arguably been West Ham’s hardest working player so far this season. He should have put the Hammers 2-1 up at Arsenal and was the man of the match against Wimbledon.

He lacks pace and end product, though, and should be replaced by the dangerous looking Andriy Yarmolenko.

The Ukraine star is finally getting close to full fitness after his summer move from Borussia Dortmund.

West Ham predicted XI to face Wolves

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