West Ham expected 4-2-3-1 v Watford: 29-year-old axed in two changes
By Harvey Byrne
Slaven Bilic is likely to make two changes to his West Ham side for their weekend meeting against Watford at Vicarage Road.
Target man and star striker Andy Carroll has been ruled out of the clash with another injury and Bilic is likely to move Michail Antonio back into the midfield after starting up top in the 2-2 draw against West Brom.
It is expected that the Croatian boss will go for a more natural striker this time out and it could be Jonathan Calleri’s time to finally shine.
With Antonio moving into the midfield it is likely that 29-year-old Robert Snodgrass will be axed from the side after failing to contribute a goal or an assist in his first three appearances for the club.
Meanwhile, Bilic could be forced into one more change after Aaron Cresswell left the pitch with an injury against West Brom with Arthur Masuaku making his much awaited return to the team.
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Goalkeeper Darren Randolph is almost certain to keep his place between the sticks as the club’s number one.
He will be looking to keep just his fourth Premier League clean sheet of the campaign against the Hornets, but he will need protection from his back four ahead of him.
Winston Reid and Jose Fonte are likely to keep their partnership going in the centre-back spots, while Cheikhou Kouyate is expected to keep his place in the right-back role.
Midfield duo Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang could keep their places in the centre of the park and the latter has become an integral part of the Hammers’ line-up this season.
They are likely to be looking to supply a front three made up of Sofiane Feghouli, Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio, who will all be looking to cause havoc with their pace and trickery.
Additionally, the midfield three will be looking to help on loan man Calleri add to his single Premier League goal this season.
In other West Ham news, a report shared why this Hammers first teamer was not part of the recent trip to Dubai.