Jarrod Bowen to start, Aaron Cresswell decision made – West Ham predicted XI vs Brighton

West Ham manager David Moyes has some big calls to make for his team to take on Brighton on Wednesday evening in a bid to get back to Premier League winning ways.

Moyes has a fitness doubt in Aaron Cresswell after the defender injured his back colliding with the post on Sunday afternoon, and the manager confirmed in his press conference that the left-back might not be ready in time to face Brighton.

If as expected Cresswell is not back in time for the match Vladimir Coufal is set to return to the team. The Czech international will take up his usual spot at right-back with Ben Johnson switching to the left, a role he is comfortable playing.

The only other serious injury in the West Ham squad is that of long-term absentee Angelo Ogbonna who is not expected back again this season.

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In the heart of the defence Kurt Zouma and Craig Dawson are likely to continue their partnership with Issa Diop an option should Moyes feel three games in a week is too much for Dawson.

Behind the back four, Lukasz Fabianski will continue in goal with the Pole in fine form despite coming under pressure for his spot from Alphonse Areola.

Ahead of the defence Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek look set to start in Moyes’ preferred 4-2-3-1 formation after switching to a 4-4-1-1 against Man City.

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The change in formation on Sunday saw Jarrod Bowen lose his spot to Arthur Masuaku but the Englishman is expected to return to the team this evening with Masuaku dropping to the bench.

Said Benrahma was hobbling against City but the Algerian is fit for tonight’s clash and will keep his spot with Pablo Fornals and Bowen in the attacking trio behind lone striker Michail Antonio.

Predicted West Ham XI – Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Dawson, Johnson; Rice, Soucek; Fornals, Benrahma, Bowen; Antonio.


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