Three changes as six ruled out in Bilic 4-2-3-1: Best possible West Ham XI v Burnley
By Will Butcher
Slaven Bilic must make three changes to his side if he is to see his West Ham side earn all three points against Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
The two sides meet at Turf Moor in their final Premier League clash of the season.
Bilic should welcome back Sofiane Feghouli, Robert Snodgrass and Angelo Ogbonna, with Winston Reid, Jonathan Calleri and Jose Fonte dropping to the substitutes’ bench.
West Ham have had to tend with injury problems this season, and head physio Stijn Vandenbroucke delivered an update on West Ham’s official website earlier this week.
He revealed that defender Reid will be missing, along with Cheikhou Kouyate, Diafra Sakho, Mark Noble, Michail Antonio, Andy Carroll and Mark Noble from the Hammers squad.
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Andre Ayew would prove a lot more effective in spearheading the Hammers’ attack, with Calleri scoring just one Premier League goal all season since his loan from Deportivo Maldonado.
Bilic is set to change the formation of his side, and that will see the east London side start with two wingers in Algeria international Feghouli and former Leeds ace Snodgrass.
Manuel Lanzini has been the Hammers’ best player since the turn of the year, and he will start in the attacking midfield role.
Noble and Obiang are facing lengthy spells on the sidelines after surgery, so Bilic is forced to start with Havard Nordtveit and Edimilson Fernandes once again.
Aaron Cresswell has been one of the Hammers’ most consistent performers this season, and he will start on the left side of defence, while Sam Byram is the best of a bad situation at right-back.
Ogbonna comes in at centre-back after a number of disappointing displays for Jose Fonte, but James Collins is likely to have impressed enough to start alongside the ex-Juventus man.
Adrian starts in goal, as the Hammers look to produce a repeat of the reverse fixture that saw Noble’s striker earn a 1-0 win at the London Stadium.
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