West Ham expected 4-5-1 v Sunderland: 27-year-old axed in three changes
By Danny Wright
West Ham are expected to make three changes to their side to face Sunderland on Saturday.
Slaven Bilic’s side travel to the Stadium of Light knowing that Michail Antonio is ruled out for the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury.
Mark Noble is also suspended after he picked up his tenth yellow card of the campaign in the 1-0 win against Swansea last week.
The changes should see Andy Carroll return to the starting line-up after he was forced to the bench against the Welsh club. Andre Ayew fired a blank in the 28-year-old’s absence and he’s set to drop back to the bench.
Sofiane Feghouli is set to come back into the starting 11 in place of the injured Antonio.
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The Algerian attacker would slot in on the right wing meaning that Robert Snodgrass would revert to playing on the left.
Edimilson Fernandes could start the game in place of Noble after featuring in the last four league outings as a substitute.
The one-time Swiss international has been sparingly used by Bilic this season but could be offered a chance to shine if he comes in for the suspended captain.
Darren Randoph is likely to retain his place in goal in front of an unchanged back four.
Sam Byram was a doubt for the game but he should be good to start alongside Jose Fonte, James Collins and Arthur Masuaku.
Cheikhou Kouyate will probably start in the centre of midfield next to Fernandes with Manuel Lanzini switching to the No 10 role in Antonio’s absence.
A win against David Moyes’ out-of-form side could see the Hammers rise into the top half of the Premier League standings if results go their way.
Seven points separate tenth-placed Watford with Hull, who are sitting just outside the relegation spots in 17th.
The win over Swansea last week eased relegation concerns and back-to-back wins would go a long way to helping Bilic secure his job at the London Stadium.
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