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West Ham predicted XI to face Leicester: Lanzini starts among two changes by Moyes

West Ham United travel to Leicester City this evening as they look to consolidate their place in the top four of the Premier League.

After a scrappy 1-0 victory over Watford on Tuesday night, will manager David Moyes stick with those who contributed to an important three points in midweek, or will he call upon fresh faces to rejig things slightly for what promises to be a different challenge?

Here is how Football FanCast think the Hammers will line up against the Foxes today, with two changes from the starting line-up which saw off the Hornets.

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The back five remains unchanged, with Kurt Zouma starting once again despite the controversy surrounding the Frenchman after a video of him kicking his cat circulated on social media.

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West Ham’s midfield engines of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek are present once more, with the duo clocking up a combined 61 appearances in all competitions already this season.

The two changes come in attacking midfield, with Manuel Lanzini and Nikola Vlasic replacing Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma respectively.

Lanzini had a 30-minute spell off of the bench on Tuesday night and set up Jarod Bowen’s winning goal, so the £69k per-week Argentine is deserving of a start today.

Having been an important contributor to the Hammers this season with six goals and three assists, the 28-year-old was labelled as a “special, special player” by team-mate Rice, and his effectiveness in the final third could prove the difference at The King Power Stadium.

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As for Vlasic, the season hasn’t gone exactly to plan for the 24-year-old, having scored just once in 21 appearances across all competitions. However, with both Fornals and Benrahma starting in midweek, Moyes may be keen to give the duo a rest and offer the Croatian some game-time.

Having missed a month of action due to Algeria’s participation at the Africa Cup of Nations, Tuesday night was Benrahma’s first match back for West Ham in a month, and the Irons boss will surely be keen to manage the 26-year-old’s game-time accordingly.

On the other hand, Fornals’ situation is slightly different. The off-colour Spaniard has netted just once in his last 11 league appearances, which may tempt Moyes to look elsewhere for creativity and attacking output.

Michail Antonio starts up top once again, with West Ham failing to sign a striker in the January transfer window, making the Jamaica international an essential starter as the club’s only senior centre-forward.

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