West Ham United will host fellow London club Arsenal in their Carabao Cup at the London Stadium tomorrow evening and David Moyes has confirmed that the squad have been dealt a few injury concerns.
The Hammers have found themselves in a run of bad form over the last few weeks with their most recent defeat being tallied up in the Premier League against Everton last weekend.
Moyes will be feeling the pressure after losing their last three fixtures in a row, but there is an opportunity for redemption by causing an upset in front of the home support against Arsenal tomorrow night and the manager will be expected to mix it up ahead of a quick turnaround in fixtures.
During his pre-match press conference earlier today, the Irons boss revealed some injury concerns have presented themselves after the clash with Sean Dyche’s side on Saturday.
The Scotsman did not reveal exactly who would miss out on a clash with the Gunners, but did confirm that some players will likely not be available for selection:
“We’ve got a couple of injuries behind the scenes that we’re having to deal with, from the weekend,” Moyes said. “I wouldn’t say too much at the moment but we’ve got a couple of knocks, and one or two might miss tomorrow.”
How could West Ham line up against Arsenal?
We predict that there will be eight changes to the team that lost to Everton last weekend and Moyes will go for a 4-2-3-1 formation.
In the defensive set-up, we expect to see a number of changes with only Kurt Zouma retaining his spot in the starting eleven, whilst being joined by Lukasz Fabianski, Thilo Kehrer, Kurt Zouma, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Emerson.
In midfield, we predict that Moyes will give the nod to Tomas Soucek who will play alongside Edson Alvarez, whilst Lucas Paqueta stays in the starting team but will be deployed in the attacking midfield role.
In the attacking threat, Danny Ings could come in to replace Michail Antonio, whilst Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals will be his support on the wings.
A positive performance and progression in the Carabao Cup would take mounting pressure off Moyes and give the supporters something to believe in after a difficult week for the Hammers, so making sure there is a good balance of experience and fresh legs could be the perfect recipe for delivering a much-needed result in West Ham’s favour.