Date: 17th October 2019 at 9:30am
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OPINION

Although West Ham lost against Crystal Palace in their last match before the international break, Manuel Pellegrini is predicted to name an unchanged starting line-up for their trip to Everton this weekend.

West Ham will be looking to bounce back at Goodison Park on Saturday after letting slip of a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 against Roy Hodgson’s side in front of their home fans.

A few players have been away on international duty, including Declan Rice and Andriy Yarmolenko, with the latter continuing his fine goalscoring form by scoring a goal against Portugal that booked Ukraine’s spot in the Euro 2020 finals next summer.

There had been concerns about the fitness of Rice, 20, after he was ruled out of England’s win against Bulgaria on Monday with a virus. However a report by Claret & Hugh has since have claimed that the midfielder should fully recover in time to play against out-of-form Everton, who have lost their last four league fixtures.

One player who will definitely miss the trip to Merseyside is Lukasz Fabianski with the goalkeeper ruled out of action for a few months after recently undergoing surgery on a hip injury.

Roberto is expected to start in between the sticks once again behind an unchanged back-four of Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell.

Mark Noble is likely to partner Rice in the midfield with an attacking trio of Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson ahead of them.

Sebastien Haller is Pellegrini’s undisputed first-choice striker at the moment and after his goal against Palace before the international break, he is pretty much nailed-on to start up top against Marco Silva’s Everton.