Manuel Pellegrini should revert to a two striker system against Wimbledon

West Ham United take on Wimbledon in an FA Cup fourth round clash this weekend. 

The Hammers will be keen to avoid a humiliation at the hands of the lower league opposition, and victory would be a positive way to bounce back from their disappointing loss at the hands of Bournemouth last time out.

However, this fixture also represents an opportunity for tactical experimentation that Manuel Pellegrini would be wise to take. 

On the chalkboard

The last time the Irons started with two strikers was on January 2, when they secured a 2-2 draw against Brighton, with Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll forming a partnership up front.

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However, that set up has since been abandoned in favour of operating with a lone striker. Such a decision makes sense to an extent, as the Hammers boast plenty of attacking midfielders amongst their ranks, such as Felipe Anderson, Samir Nasri and Robert Snodgrass.

However, since that Brighton draw, West Ham have struggled to be efficient in front of goal. Reinstating a second striker against Wimbledon ought to help the east London club take their chances.

An effective pairing

Pellegrini has plenty of good strikers to choose from, such as Arnautovic, Carroll, Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez.

A combination between Carroll and Hernandez could prove to be especially effective, as Hernandez is a fine poacher who could thrive off of linking up with the Englishman’s hold up play.

The Mexican international struggled when David Moyes stuck him up front on his own, but the presence of Carroll could well get the best out of him.

Just like when the Hammers smashed eight goals past Macclesfield earlier this season, now is the perfect chance to get the goals flowing and confidence at an all-time high.