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West Ham United predicted starting XI to face Lyon

West Ham United have another massive match ahead of them tonight as they take on Lyon in their second leg Europa League quarter-final clash.

The first leg saw the Hammers draw 1-1 with the Ligue 1 side at the London Stadium after a goal from Tanguy Ndombele cancelled out Jarrod Bowen’s opener.

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Just before the half-time whistle blew, West Ham full-back Aaron Cresswell was sent off for a foul on Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, meaning that he will miss tonight’s game as a result.

Looking ahead to the match in France, David Moyes will also be without centre-back Kurt Zouma after he picked up an ankle injury during the 2-0 defeat against Brentford at the weekend.

With all that in mind, here’s how we feel the Hammers could line up for this important showdown, with four changes from Sunday’s starting XI against the Bees.

In goal, having played in all but one of West Ham’s Europa League games this season, it seems likely that Alphonse Areola will start once more, with Lukasz Fabianski dropping out from Sunday.

In a back four, with Zouma and Cresswell unavailable, we can see Issa Diop and Ben Johnson coming in to replace those two next to Craig Dawson and Vladimir Coufal.

For the defensive midfield two, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek line up next to each other ahead of the back four.

Ahead of that duo, we think Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals will keep their places in the team to see if they can get on the scoresheet or provide service for Michail Antonio ahead of them.

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One other change that we think Moyes could make is to take out Manuel Lanzini, who failed to have any sort of impact against Brentford and has been branded “stupid” in the past by Trevor Sinclair.

In his place, we predict that the Irons boss will restore Said Benrahma to the team to see if he can be as “unplayable” as he has been at times in the past, according to Joe Cole.

Whatever starting XI Moyes ultimately selects, this is undoubtedly a massive game for the east London club, as a win would see them into their first European semi-final since 1976.

In other news: Jack Rosser reveals huge West Ham blow ahead of Lyon clash, Moyes will be devastated

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