West Ham expected 3-4-3 v Everton: Attacker to make Premier League return
By Tony Hughes
West Ham fans will be excited to see attacker Andre Ayew back on the bench and set for his first Premier League appearance since his injury in August.
It’s too soon for manager Slaven Bilic to risk starting him, after he made his return in the 78th minute of the EFL Cup tie against Chelsea on Wednesday, but he is expected to be fit enough to start from the bench.
Bilic is expected to stick with the 3-4-3 formation that has been paying dividends in recent weeks, with back-to-back Premier League wins ahead of the win against Chelsea in the cup.
They’ll be hoping to make it three Premier League wins in a row at Goodison Park, against an out-of-form Everton team.
Bilic is set to make one change from the team that beat Sunderland last Saturday, with Aaron Cresswell coming back into the side after his suspension.
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At the back Bilic is set to continue with goal-scorer Winston Reid, Cheikhou Kouyate and Angelo Ogbonna, with regular goalie Adrian between the posts.
Ahead of them Aaron Cresswell will join Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble and Michail Antonio, with the attacking three of Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet and Simone Zaza up top.
It means Edmilson Fernandes will drop to the bench, and Hammers fans will be hoping Andre Ayew makes an appearance in the second half of the game.
West Ham are in need of an injection of goals after Zaza has failed to find the back of the net in eight games across all competitions.
In other West Ham team news, Martin Keown has slammed the club following the crowd trouble during the Chelsea game on Wednesday.