West Ham United went into their current round of fixtures just one point above the relegation zone, following their 1-1 draw against Everton.
They may be up against third-placed Leicester City, but David Moyes’ side have been offered hope, as the Foxes have lost both of their last two games.
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West Ham will be looking to capitalise on this poor form to get some well-needed points on the board, as they aim to push up the table.
FFC has predicted the team that Moyes may deploy in an effort to do this, including one change in personnel and a formation switch from the Everton draw.
With Lukasz Fabianski still out injured, Darren Randolph remains between the sticks, having made two saves during his second debut against Everton.
Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna maintain their places in the backline, after the first of those names scored the Hammers’ goal during Saturday’s draw.
Aaron Cresswell also stays in the starting XI, but rather than playing as a left-back, he joins Diop and Ogbonna to form a back three, which Moyes has already used in previous games since returning to London Stadium – the FA Cup win against Gillingham is one example of that.
This allows Arthur Masuaku to come in as the team’s left-wing-back, having come off the bench against Everton. Pablo Zabaleta is the man who fulfils the wing-back role on the opposite flank.
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Using this system, as opposed to a flat back four could, hopefully, help the Hammers deal with the threat posed by the likes of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison.
Declan Rice and Mark Noble keep their places in the team, with a lack of transfer movement regarding midfield targets meaning that Carlos Sanchez is the closest thing that the pair have to competition.
Having been slated by Roshane Thomas after his performance against Everton, Manuel Lanzini drops out of the team, while it has been confirmed that Felipe Anderson is still injured, meaning that Pablo Fornals and Robert Snodgrass start behind Sebastien Haller.