Alphonse Areola to start, Mark Noble decision – West Ham predicted Carabao Cup XI vs Man City



West Ham manager David Moyes is expected to make wholesale changes to the team that beat Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Moyes made six changes for the Spurs clash after a rotated team defeated Genk in the Europa League on Thursday and the side to face Manchester City tonight is expected to resemble his European XI.

Alphonse Areola will reprise his role as the West Ham cup goalkeeper with Lukasz Fabianski given a rest for the evening.

With Vladimir Coufal still recovering from a groin injury, the Czech Republic defender is not set to be risked for a competition that is not the highest of priorities for the Hammers. Ben Johnson has been a more than able deputy for Coufal in his absence but the 21-year-old could be handed a rest this evening.

Despite appearing as a second-half substitute against Genk Ryan Fredericks was not deemed fit enough for the matchday squad against Spurs, however after training with the first-team squad this week he is expected to start tonight.

On the opposite flank Aaron Cresswell has missed just one match so far this season, the Carabao Cup third-round clash with Manchester United, and is due a break with Arthur Masuaku his potential replacement.

Craig Dawson and Issa Diop have impressed in recent weeks, keeping three successive clean sheets as a pair and will almost certainly get the nod ahead of regular league starters Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna.

In central midfield, Moyes has some big calls to make over whether to hand either or both of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek a rest. Club captain Mark Noble featured from the start in the previous round and could be handed a spot in the XI potentially alongside Alex Kral. However, the Czech Republic midfielder’s availability rests upon the completion of his 10-day isolation period and returning a negative Covid-19 test after his positive test on the back of international duty.

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The attacking quartet in Moyes’ preferred 4-2-3-1 formation is set to have a very different look to his Premier League one. Andriy Yarmolenko, Nikola Vlasic and Manuel Lanzini are due to come in for Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio with Jarrod Bowen predicted to get the nod upfront.

A number of the West Ham youngsters could feature in the matchday squad with Moyes able to name nine substitutes and use up to five of them for this round of the competition. Harrison Ashby has been included in the last three squads and Dan Chesters was handed a West Ham debut last week in the Europa League. Jamal Baptiste and Aji Alese have also featured in the Hammers senior set-up this season.

Predicted West Ham XI –Areola; Masuaku, Diop, Dawson, Fredericks; Noble, Kral; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Vlasici; Bowen





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