West Ham expected 4-2-3-1 v Bournemouth: New signing expected to miss out
By Alex Taylor
West Ham will play their first Premier League game in their new Olympic Stadium this weekend, as they take on Bournemouth in the Premier League.
Adrian will return for the Hammers between the sticks after Darren Randolph was named as the club’s Europa League and cup goalkeeper.
Michail Antonio seems likely to retain his place at right-back despite his error-strewn performance against Chelsea last weekend.
Some fans have been calling for Sam Byram to start in-place of the 26-year-old, but it would represent a U-turn from Slaven Bilic to axe Antonio.
On the opposite side of the back-four, new signing Arthur Masuaku should continue as the club’s first-choice left-back following Aaron Cresswell’s injury this summer.
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Further forward, another new player Håvard Nordtveit should start the clash despite his poor form last weekend, alongside east London favourite Mark Noble in midfield.
Cheikhou Kouyaté will be Bilic’s most adventurous central-midfielder and, after Andre Ayew sustained a long-term injury on his debut this week, Dimitri Payet could start on the left-hand side of the West Ham attack.
Andy Carroll, the club’s most dangerous attacking threat, should be supported by Enner Valencia on the right-flank as West Ham seek to gain their first points of the season against Eddie Howe’s side.
In other West Ham team news, Bilic is hoping that new Hammers man Jonathan Calleri can hit the ground running, as the forward was named in the squad for The Hammers’ Europa League play-off tie on Thursday.