COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
West Ham should revert back to their 4-4-2 formation which served them well in recent matches for their clash against Watford on Saturday evening.
The Hammers used the well-known tactics against Southampton and Middlesbrough in recent away clashes, returning two 3-1 victories.
They used a 4-2-3-1 formation against West Brom in their last outing, which resulted in a 2-2 draw and they must now use a two up top formation if they are to get anything out of the Vicarage Road clash.
With this formation record summer signing Andre Ayew should start given that he hasn’t played since the star of January and with star forward Andy Carroll injured now would be the time to prove himself.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Calleri must also come into the team as the natural striker with Sam Byram and Arthur Masuaku also coming into the side while Sofiane Feghouli, Robert Snodgrass, Mark Noble and Aaron Cresswell fall out.
Darren Randolph should continue between the sticks for the east London side after claiming the number one spot earlier in the season from Adrian.
Defenders Winston Reid and Jose Fonte must continue their partnership between Byram and Masuaku in what looks to be a solid back four.
They would also be protected by defensive midfield stars Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang, while key attackers Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio provide the threat down the wings.
They will also be needed to provide the service for both Ayew and Calleri who will be looking to impress after struggling in their first few months at the club.
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