West Ham will try to recover from their 3-2 loss to Southampton when they travel to Watford on Tuesday.
David Moyes is still without three of his preferred four defenders, while superstar midfielder Declan Rice misses through suspension, but he will still demand an answer as the Hammers try to avoid a third straight Premier League defeat.
Here’s how the boss can set this up.
Diop will keep its place / BSR Agency / GettyImages
Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – He has looked a bit shaky in recent weeks but Fabianski will probably keep his place before Alphonse Areola.
Vladimir Coufal (RB) – Coufal have called on West Ham to return to basics, something they must do here to have a chance.
Craig Dawson (CB) – Can either be damn brilliant or damn awful – Hammers fans hope it’s the earlier of the two.
Issa Diop (CB) – No Kurt Zouma and no Angelo Ogbonna tie Moyes’ hands when it comes to team selection
Ben Johnson (LB) – West Ham have missed Aaron Cresswell perhaps more than any other player. Arthur Masuaku has added but without a doubt it should be Johnson in a back four.
Noble gets a fresh start / Josef Bollwein / GettyImages
Tomas Soucek (DM) – The goals have dried up for Soucek, who has succeeded with two this year after taking ten in 2020/21.
Mark Noble (DM) – Rice suspension means there could be a return for club captain Noble in midfield.
Jarrod Bowen (RM) – Bowen may start on the edge, but he will be encouraged to take dangerous positions in the box if the opportunity arises.
Sa Benrahma (AM) – Played at the top in a false nine-role against Southampton, but should be back deeper with Michail Antonio’s return.
Manuel Lanzini (LM) – Lanzini’s introduction gave West Ham a boost against the Saints, something that could be rewarded with a start here.
Antonio should return to the starting lineup / Visionhaus / GettyImages
Michail Antonio (ST) – After eight goalless games, Antonio netted off the bench against Southampton and should now return to the starting line-up.
Read the 90 minute preview of Watford vs West Ham here. Read Watford’s predicted line-up here.
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