West Ham expected 4-2-3-1 v Swansea: 27-year-old starts as crisis hits Hammers
By Matt Bullin
Slaven Bilic is expected to make three changes to the side that lost to Arsenal mid-week as the Hammers take on Swansea this Saturday.
Slaven Bilic’s side suffered a disappointing 3-0 loss at the hands of Arsenal on Wednesday night.
Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud bagged for the Gunners while the Hammers could not produce anything in return.
Influential duo Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio were both substituted in the match, with the latter coming off at half time due to illness complaints.
It is unlikely that either will start on Saturday and losing both of the club’s top scorers would be a massive blow.
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The injury crisis means that Robert Snodgrass and Diafra Sakho are to set to be their replacements.
If Sakho starts it will be his first since November after recovering from a back injury.
Darren Randolph could also be axed after a string of average performances, with Spanish goalkeeper Adrian set to return in his place.
The back four should be the same one that faced Arsenal as Sam Byram, James Collins, Jose Fonte and Arthur Masuaku remain Bilic’s preferred defenders.
Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate are expected to continue in the middle of the park for the Hammers.
Manuel Lanzini and Andre Ayew will likely retain their starting spots in attack, meaning Andre will face his brother Jordan.
In other West Ham news, Paul Merson has given his prediction ahead of West Ham’s clash with Swansea.