Date: 22nd August 2019 at 11:00am
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OPINION

Manuel Pellegrini is predicted to make three changes to his starting line-up ahead of West Ham’s Premier League meeting with Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Michail Antonio, Felipe Anderson and Sebastien Haller could all return to the side with the latter two both missing the draw at Brighton last week with injuries.

As reported by Claret & Hugh, both Anderson and Haller have a good chance of being fit to play against struggling Watford so they could come in to replace Pablo Fornals and Javier Hernandez.

Pellegrini has also swapped between Antonio and Robert Snodgrass in the opening two matches so there is a chance the Irons boss could opt to drop the Scotland international and name Antonio in the starting line-up.

Lukasz Fabianski is the undisputed number one at West Ham and is likely to start in goals behind an unchanged back-four of Ryan Fredericks, Angelo Ogbonna, Issa Diop and Arthur Masuaku.

Declan Rice is predicted to be partnered by Jack Wilshere again in the centre of the midfield with Mark Noble set to miss out yet again with a dead leg [Claret & Hugh].

Antonio started against Manchester City before being taken off at half-time and came off the bench at half-time away at Brighton last week, so it seems like Pellegrini is starting to adopt a pattern with the winger, who could start on the right-hand side of the attack.

Manuel Lanzini was perhaps the Irons’ best player at Brighton so could keep his spot as the attacking midfielder with Anderson coming in to replace Fornals on the left.

Hernandez scored West Ham’s first goal of the season last week in the 1-1 draw at the AMEX but if Haller is fit and ready, Pellegrini is expected to start the French forward, who became the London club’s record signing in the summer.