Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio to start, Diop decision – West Ham predicted XI vs Leicester

West Ham started the season with a fantastic 4-2 win over Newcastle United and will be aiming to continue their fine form this evening against Leicester City.

The Hammers welcome the Foxes to the London Stadium and will be playing in front of a capacity crowd at home for the first time since February 29, 2020.

Despite the three points at St James’ Park question marks remain over the Hammers defence with David Moyes’ backline having conceded 18 goals in their past 12 Premier League matches.

West Ham are yet to strengthen in defence this transfer window so the key decision Moyes will have to make is whether to stick with the Craig Dawson/Angelo Ogbonna partnership or bring in Issa Diop.

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Moyes could opt to include Diop alongside Dawson and Ogbonna if he switches to a back three but the manager is expected to go with an unchanged line-up to the one from St James’ Park.

This would see Lukasz Fabianski remain in goal with neither Newcastle goal a goalkeeping error there is no reason to hand Alphonse Areola his much-anticipated debut just yet.

The full-back positions are currently sown up by Vladimir Coufal and Aaron Cresswell. Ben Johnson, Ryan Fredericks and the recently returned from injury Arthur Masuaku provide competition in this area but will have to settle for spots on the bench.

Moyes is expected to retain faith in Dawson and Ogbonna with Diop and Jamal Baptiste in reserve should the manager need extra defensive options.

The Hammers lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Steve Bruce’s side with Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice providing a defensive screen and the drive to take possession up the field. The pair will once again link up this evening.

In front of the duo, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen are most likely to occupy the wide left and right positions respectively with Said Benrahma playing in the number ten role.

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The Algerian will be tasked with creating chances for lone striker Michail Antonio and getting himself into the box as he did to great effect versus Newcastle.

Antonio equalled Paolo Di Canio’s Premier League goalscoring record with his strike against Newcastle and needs just one goal to become the Hammers all-time leading Premier League goalscorer.

Conor Coventry, Mark Noble Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini offer options to Moyes but all are expected to begin the match as substitutes.

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