West Ham confirmed line-ups v Manchester City: Key attacker axed in three changes
By Amir Mir
Slaven Bilic has made three changes to the West Ham starting XI as they take on Manchester City in the Third Round of the FA Cup on Friday night.
The Hammers were beaten during their last fixture when City’s neighbours, Manchester United inflicted a 2-0 defeat on the London club.
Now, key attacker Dimitri Payet is axed, along with goalkeeper Darren Randolph and midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté – the latter is at the Africa Cup of Nations.
As a result, Edimilson Fernandes, Adrian and striker Andy Carroll come into the side.
Here is the club’s official Twitter account announcing the team news for the FA Cup clash against City:
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Slav makes 3️⃣ changes…
➡️ Adrian, Fernandes, Carroll
⬅️ Randolph, Kouyate, Payet
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 6, 2017
Winger Sofiane Feghouli was shown a straight red early on in the first half by referee Mike Dean as he has now had his ban overturned – he starts against City.
Bilic’s side will be looking to put the struggles in the Premier League behind them and progress through to the next round against difficult opponents.
Pep Guardiola’s men are chasing the title this season as they are seven points behind leaders Chelsea in the table.
They beat newly-promoted Burnley 2-1 on Monday afternoon but they had midfielder Fernandinho sent off as the Brazillian will now miss this encounter.
City have already beaten the east London club this season when a double from Raheem Sterling saw the Manchester City pick up all three points in August.
In other West Ham team news, Chris Sutton has slammed this rotten player and urged the club to pay £15 million for this Premier League ace.