After an embarrassing start to the campaign in front of their home support, West Ham will be hoping to truly get their season underway with a much more winnable game against Brighton at the Amex Stadium – in comparison to their game against Manchester City, of course.
The Hammers lost 5-0 last weekend, although you can’t really assess how bad they were given the quality of the opposition – the Citizens even put six past Chelsea last term, so it can even happen to the best of clubs.
Whether Manuel Pellegrini decides to tinker with the side who started that game or keep faith with them remains to be seen, but here’s who we think the Chilean will choose to line up against Graham Potter’s men…
As you can see, we think Pellegrini will make a few changes, although they may not be entirely tactical.
Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson – both of whom started last weekend – may not be fit for the trip to the coast after picking up knocks against City, meaning that there could be a chance for two new recruits in Pablo Fornals and Albian Ajeti.
Fornals – a £24m signing from Villarreal – came off the bench against City and struggled to get involved in the game, albeit that was probably down to the quality of the opposition rather than through any fault of his own.
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We think that Pellegrini will keep the faith with Aaron Cresswell at left-back once again despite our view that he should be dropped – the thinking behind that specific point is that it seems unrealistic of the Hammers boss to punish anyone in that backline due to City’s vast attacking qualities, although the Englishman’s lack of defensive contribution was worrying.