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David Moyes had to leave Etihad as a frustrated man as his West Ham side put on a solid performance but had nothing to show for it. David Silva’s late goal meant that the Hammers remained at 19th spot, three points off safety, and they are not expected to make much progress this weekend, as they welcome defending champions Chelsea to the London Stadium.
Antonio Conte’s men are fresh off of a draw against Atletico Madrid in the UCL and have been in decent form in the domestic league. But the Hammers could prove tough to beat, like they were at the Etihad.
Chiekhou Kouyate, who picked up a niggle in the last game, along with Sam Byram, Andy Carroll, James Collins, Jose Fonte, Javier Hernandez, Winston Reid and Jose Hart are all but ruled out for this tie, giving Moyes further headaches. Michail Antonio is facing a race to fitness ahead of this tie and might only make the bench.
With Joe Hart out injured, Adrian, who was exceptional at the Etihad, should continue to start between the sticks for West Ham.
The youngster has been used regularly in the last few games and though he needs to improve, he is the only option for Moyes in this game.
The Italian defender has had to play at the heart of the backline due to injuries to first-team stars. He will hope to keep close to Morata and keep his danger to the minimum.
The left-back has had to fill in at CB recently, thanks to the number of injuries in the squad and he has done a decent enough job to retain his spot in the backline.
The veteran full-back had a role to play against his former side last weekend and will hope that his side can put in a similar performance.
Moyes is not afraid of using youngsters and the 21-year old Fernandes, who has settled in well in the midfield under the manager, is expected to keep his place in the side.
Partnering him should be Obiang, who is expected to add some mettle to the midfield and counter the danger from the likes of Kante and Fabregas.
Arguably the best player for the Hammers against City, Masuaku will hope to put in a good shift this weekend as well.
Only started from the bench in the previous game but is now fully fit and should start this game on the right-hand side of the attack.
The Argentine was ineffective against City and cannot afford to put in a similar performance against the defending champions.
With Carroll, Antonio and Chicharito all out injured, Ayew remains Moyes’ best option to lead the attack in this game.