West Ham travel to Leicester for this afternoon’s late kick-off in the midst of an injury crisis and looking to bounce back from a defeat against bitter rivals Tottenham last weekend.
After the Foxes collapsed at Arsenal on Monday night, this trip to the King Power Stadium should not hold any fear, but Manuel Pellegrini does not have his full armoury available to him.
Despite that, we’ve taken a look at the side he should take to the east Midlands, including a bold formation change…
How to replace Yarmolenko?
Despite that defeat against Spurs last weekend, Pellegrini should stick with the same back four and goalkeeper this time around.
Aaron Cresswell deserves a chance to continue at left back for another game, and the rest of the defensive unit has performed impressively this term.
The biggest question is how to replace the injured Andriy Yarmolenko. The obvious candidate is Robert Snodgrass, who was fielded in a more central position against Spurs.
The Scot has earned a chance in his preferred wide right role and should get one at the King Power Stadium.
Change of formation
With Pedro Obiang also sidelined, it remains to be seen whether Pellegrini sticks with his 4-3-3 formation.
One way to inject fresh impetus into the team would be to go with a 4-4-2. Marko Arnautovic could do with a partner with whom to share the goalscoring burden and Javier Hernandez could be that man.
Leicester play a 4-4-2 also, so West Ham can get away with taking a man out of midfield and matching them up.
It could give Pellegrini the attacking spark he needs.[sfve id=”13″]