West Ham expected 4-2-3-1 v Stoke: Forward axed among four changes
By Matt Bullin
Slaven Bilic is expected to make four changes to his West Ham side who take on Stoke City this weekend.
Hammers captain Mark Noble is set to return to the starting XI in place of Arthur Masuaku as his side travel to the bet365 Stadium.
In addition, Aaron Cresswell is expected to return to the back-four in place of Cheikhou Kouyate, and Diafra Sakho is likely to replace forward Johnathan Calleri up top.
Bilic is also expected to hand Sam Byram a start following his return from suspension, in place of James Collins.
Andy Carroll will continue to miss out through injury, while Michail Antonio, Alvaro Arbeola, Pedro Obiang and Angelo Ogbonna are also long term absentees.
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Spanish goalkeeper Adrian is expected to keep his place between the sticks after keeping a clean sheet in his sides’ goalless draw with Everton last time out.
Jose Fonte and Winston Reid will likely continue their partnership in the centre of defence, as James Collins drops out.
Meanwhile Byram and Cresswell will return in the full-back roles.
Norweigan midfielder Havart Nordtveit is expected to continue in the middle of the park alongside his skipper, who returns.
While the attacking trio will likely remain as it was last time out, as Edmilson Fernandes, Manuel Lanzini and Andre Ayew will retain their places.
The Hammers will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to three games, as they look to finish the season strong.
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