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Confirmed West Ham team news vs Chelsea as Fabian Balbuena replaces the suspended Craig Dawson


David Moyes has made two modifications to his beginning XI to tackle Chelsea this night with Craig Dawson’s suspension forcing his hand.

Fabian Balbuena is available in for his first Premier League begin since the 2-2 draw towards Brighton on December 27 and Ryan Fredericks replaces Ben Johnson in defence.

West Ham’s change in central defence comes following Dawson’s useless sending off at St James’ Park leaving his team in a tricky spot 1-0 and one man down for the remaining 55 minutes.

Moyes hoped to have the ability to recall the likes of Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku, however neither man was deemed match to start out after coaching on Friday and stay unavailable to the Scot.

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Longer-term absentees Declan Rice and Michail Antonio stay out however the boss was ‘hopeful’ each males will be capable of contribute to the problem for European soccer earlier than the finish of the season.

In Rice’s absence, Mark Noble retains his place in the team and can skipper the aspect as soon as extra alongside Tomas Soucek in central midfield.

The backline will probably be made up of three central defenders with Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna lining up with Balbuena in entrance of Lukasz Fabianski.

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Vladimir Coufal and Ryan Fredericks begin as wing-backs and can look to push ahead in help of the attackers.

Pablo Fornals joins Noble and Soucek in midfield and will probably be supporting Jesse Lingard and Jarrod Bowen, who as soon as once more begins up high as the lone striker in the absence of Antonio.

Darren Randolph returns to the matchday squad for the first time since beginning away at Manchester City in February.

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Alongside Randolph on the bench are Manuel Lanzini and Said Benrahma offering Moyes with skilled attacking choices.

Johnson and Frederick Alves present defensive choices for Moyes ought to he want them, with Conor Coventry as soon as once more hoping to make his Premier League debut.

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Balbuena, Diop, Ogbonna, Coufal, Fredericks, Noble, Soucek, Fornals, Lingard, Bowen.

Substitutes: Randolph, Trott, Johnson, Alves, Coventry, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Benrahma, Odubeko.