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

West Ham United head into Saturday afternoon’s Premier League meeting against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the back of an encouraging 1-0 away win at Brentford in the FA Cup last weekend, a result which ended a run of seven domestic fixtures without a win for the Hammers.

With a 2-2 draw with Leeds United preceding last Saturday’s victory, David Moyes will certainly be hoping it becomes three games unbeaten at Molineux this afternoon – especially as the Irons have already bested Julen Lopetegui‘s side once this season, defeating Wolves 2-0 at the London Stadium in October.

However, with the Old Gold looking to have turned something of a corner since the Spaniard’s appointment at the expense of former manager Bruno Lage, Moyes will be well aware that he must get his team selection absolutely spot-on if he is to give his side the best possible chance of leaving Wolverhampton with all three points in tow.

Will the 59-year-old make any changes to the side which lined up against Brentford last weekend? 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: Fabianski; Johnson, Zouma, Aguerd, Cresswell; Rice, Downes; Bowen, Paqueta, Benrahma; Scamacca.

With the Evening Standard revealing in a recent article that West Ham are finally hoping to welcome Kurt Zouma back from injury this afternoon, while also suggesting that Vladimir Coufal is set to miss out once again due to a knock to his knee, we predict Moyes will make five changes to the side that started the 1-0 win over the Bees last time out.

Three of these changes come in defence, where Moyes switches from a back five to a back four, with the aforementioned Zouma coming in alongside Nayef Aguerd at centre-back – marking the first time the pair will have played together – and Aaron Cresswell taking the place of Emerson at left-back, while both Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson also drop out of the XI.

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There is another alteration in midfield, with the “abysmal” – in the words of journalist Josh Bunting – Tomas Soucek having to make do with a spot on the bench after yet another disappointing showing against Brentford, while the “incredible” – in the words of Russell Martin – Flynn Downes is handed a chance to impress alongside Declan Rice in the heart of the team.

In the three behind the centre-forward, Said Benrahma is given the nod on the left after his stunning match-winner against his former club last weekend, while Lucas Paqueta and Jarrod Bowen start in the number 10 and on the right respectively.

Up top, despite a typically hard-working performance at the Gtech Community Stadium last time out, Michail Antonio is replaced by Gianluca Scamacca in leading the line, with the Italy international having already hit the back of the Wolves’ net once this season.