West Ham expected 4-2-3-1 v Hull: Midfielder omitted in formation change
By Harvey Byrne
West Ham could make one change from their midweek victory when they take on Hull at the London Stadium on Saturday.
The Hammers battled to a 1-0 victory over Burnley on Wednesday evening, which was decided by a Mark Noble goal.
They played a 3-4-2-1 formation against the Lancashire outfit, but they will be likely to change to a more attacking 4-2-3-1 against the 19th placed team at home.
It is expected that midfielder Pedro Obiang will drop out of the team with Cheikhou Kouyate moving into the midfield and Michail Antonio moving from a right wing-back to the right-wing.
This will then likely see Alvaro Arbeloa fall back into the side for the busy period after recently denying reports that he will leave the club in January.
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Goalkeeper Darren Randolph is expected to keep his position between the sticks after overtaking Adrian for the number one spot earlier in the campaign.
The Republic of Ireland international has pulled off some good stops in the net and barring an error in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool he has performed very admirably.
It is likely that colossal centre halves Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna will join Arbeloa in the defence with Aaron Cresswell retaining the left-back role.
Three of the four defenders were key to the Hammers successful last campaign and they will be eager to recapture last season’s form.
Ahead of them in midfield should see Noble and Kouyate, who will be expecting to control the midfield against the Tigers.
Meanwhile, attacking trio Antonio, Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini will be looking to cause trouble to league’s worst defence ahead of them.
Additionally, forward Andy Carroll will be in search of his second league goal of the campaign after returning from a long-term injury earlier in the month.
In other West Ham team news, Winston Reid has explained the Hammers recent poor form.