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West Ham: Predicted XI, team & injury news vs Brentford

West Ham United head into this evening’s FA Cup meeting against Brentford in an extremely poor run of form, with David Moyes‘ side having last won a domestic fixture back on October 24 – a run which constitutes seven games without a victory.

Rather unsurprisingly, the Hammers’ poor results have seen the 59-year-old come under increasing pressure, with the Scot undoubtedly desperate for a victory later today in order to help kick-start his team’s 2022/23 campaign.

However, with Moyes facing a tricky meeting against a Brentford side who comfortably defeated the Irons 2-0 just eight days ago, the former Manchester United and Everton boss will need to get his team selection spot on if he is to have any hope of leaving the Gtech Community Stadium victorious tonight.

Will the Scot make any changes to the side which lined up in the 2-2 draw at Leeds United last time out? Here’s how we at Football FanCast think the West Ham starting XI could look, as well as the latest team and injury news.

Predicted West Ham XI: Areola; Johnson, Dawson, Aguerd, Cresswell; Paqueta, Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Scamacca, Benrahma.

With Moyes revealing in his pre-match press conference that Kurt Zouma will remain unavailable for selection as a result of injury, coupled with Vladimir Coufal being a doubt for the cup clash after picking up a knock in the draw at Elland Road, we predict that the 59-year-old will make four changes to his starting XI.

The first of these alterations comes between the sticks, with Lukasz Fabianski making way for Alphonse Areola, who is typically favoured for cup competitions.

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There are two further changes in the back four, with the aforementioned Coufal dropping out of the XI due to injury, while the £80k-per-week Thilo Kehrer – who has recently been slated by Efan Ekoku for some “terrible” performances – also has to make do with a spot on the bench, with Ben Johnson and Aaron Creswell coming in at right-back and left-back respectively.

In the heart of the backline, in Zouma’s absence we predict that Moyes will stick with his pairing of Craig Dawson and Nayef Aguerd, while in the middle of the park, Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice and Lucas Paqueta also remain unchanged from the draw at Leeds.

The final change comes in the front three, with Pablo Fornals making way for the “unplayable” Said Benrahma – in the words of Joe Cole – while Jarrod Bowen starts on the right and Gianluca Scamacca gets the nod ahead of Michail Antonio up top.