Moyes makes three changes, Reid starts: West Ham predicted XI to face West Brom – opinion

West Ham United will be looking to secure their place in the FA Cup fifth round when West Bromwich Albion travel to London Stadium.

There will be the narratives surrounding Slaven Bilic coming back to the club where he managed the historic final season at Upton Park, but David Moyes will be putting that to one side.

The Scotsman has already indicated that he will play a strong team, as he was quoted on the club’s official website as saying: “I think we’ve not had lots of fixtures like other clubs – we’re not in Europe.

“I don’t see why we should feel we’re too hard-pushed. We’re pushed because of numbers, because of injuries, but we can play Wednesday-Saturday.”

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With that considered, FFC has predicted the starting XI that Moyes may deploy to overcome West Brom, featuring three changes and a formation switch from the 4-1 loss against Leicester City.

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Darren Randolph remains between the sticks for this FA Cup tie, with Lukasz Fabianski still out injured.

Rather than playing three at the back, Moyes could decide to use a back four, especially as Arthur Masuaku is out following the Leicester game.

In an ideal world, Pablo Zabaleta would probably be rested, but with Ryan Fredericks still absent with injury, leaving the Argentinian out would mean playing someone out of position or using the teenager Bernardo Rosa – something Moyes could be wary of doing.

Issa Diop and Aaron Cresswell also line up alongside him having played in the tough game against the Foxes.

The backline is completed by Winston Reid, with Angelo Ogbonna a doubt because of a back injury. If the New Zealand international does play, it will be a monumental occasion for him, as he has not played a competitive game for the Hammers since March 2018. Having featured on the bench for the last two league games, Moyes may see this as a chance to use the 31-year-old.

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Mark Noble, Declan Rice, Manuel Lanzini and Sebastien Haller all keep their places in the spine of the Hammers team.

With Robert Snodgrass and Felipe Anderson out injured, Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio come into the side, playing on the left and right-wing respectively.

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