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West Ham: Lucas Paqueta dropped in predicted XI for Liverpool encounter

West Ham United take on Liverpool in the Premier League this evening, with the Hammers looking to put their recent dismal record against Jurgen Klopp’s side behind them, having won just one of the two side’s last 12 top-flight meetings.

The east Londoners have also won just once at Anfield in their last 49 league encounters – with that coming back in December 2015.

Meanwhile, manager David Moyes also has a dismal individual record on Merseyside, having failed to win against the Reds in 17 league outings on the road in his managerial career thus far.

The omens are seemingly against the visitors heading into tonight’s match, with the Irons set to face a side who are likely to be buoyant following their latest triumph over champions, Manchester City, at the weekend.

Ahead of this mouthwatering clash, here’s how Football FanCast predicts that West Ham will line up…

Moyes and co are currently sweating on the fitness of a number of key individuals, with it yet to be seen if Craig Dawson and Kurt Zouma will be able to feature amid their recent injury and illness woes, respectively, while summer signing Maxwel Cornet is still absent with a calf injury.

With that in mind, we predict that the London Stadium outfit will make just two changes from the side that was held by Southampton at the weekend, with the expectation being that the Hammers will revert back to their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, having deployed a back five last time out.

Lukasz Fabianski is set to keep his place in goal following his heroics on Sunday, with the only change to the defensive unit likely to see £15m addition Emerson Palmieri drop out, with the Italy international having been hooked on the hour mark against the Saints.

In midfield, Tomas Soucek is likely to partner Declan Rice once again in front of the back four – despite the Czech Republic international currently facing pressure from Flynn Downes – with the West Ham skipper having ended an almost year-long goal drought to help secure a point at St Mary’s.

The most notable alterations will likely come in attack with Lucas Paqueta potentially set to give away for Pablo Fornals, with the Spain international boasting an impressive record against Klopp’s side to date, with three goals in just six appearances since his arrival in England in 2019.

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With Jarrod Bowen likely to keep his starting berth on the right wing, it could well see Michail Antonio make his return to the starting XI on the left flank, with The Athletic’s Roshane Thomas suggesting that Moyes must be “bold” and get both the Jamaica international and Gianluca Scamacca into the side.

The £85k-per-week speedster has been an “instrumental” figure for the club over the years, in the words of his manager, while the versatile forward is another who has regularly tormented today’s hosts, with five goals in 11 meetings.

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