Said Benrahma to return as Declan Rice decision made – West Ham predicted XI vs West Brom

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West Ham need four points from their remaining two games to ensure European football next season and the trip to already-relegated West Brom is the perfect opportunity to pick up three of them.

The Hammers were thankful for Said Benrahma to break his West Ham duck on Saturday evening to seal a 1-1 draw at Brighton and a point that could be the difference between being in Europe next season or not.

Moyes was thrilled for the Algerian to finally get his first goal and hoped it would be the start of many more for the former Brentford man.

Benrahma replaced the disappointing Jarrod Bowen at The Amex and, following his impressive cameo off the bench, the Algerian international is favourite between the two to start against Sam Allardyce’s Championship-bound team.

Declan Rice returned for the trip to Brighton and having played all 90 minutes unscathed will once again captain the side with Mark Noble expected to remain on the bench.

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Other than the switch of Benrahma for Bowen, Moyes is likely to name an unchanged XI to take on West Brom.

With that in mind here is the team we at expect Moyes to pick at The Hawthornes.

Predicted XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Fornals, Lingard, Benrahma; Antonio.

Moyes insisted directly after the draw with Brighton and again on Tuesday that West Ham “played really well” at The Amex, so wholesale changes are unlikely.

Bowen was an early substitute after failing to impress and with Benrahma clearly ecstatic and full of confidence after his fine finish, the Algerian will be champing at the bit to start against the Baggies.

Manuel Lanzini was ruled out of the clash by Moyes who said the midfielder still had a problem but “the others” are getting closer to fitness.

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Lining up for the Baggies could be former Hammer Grady Diangana. The 23-year-old was subject of a controversial transfer from West Ham to The Hawthornes last summer, promoting skipper Noble to tweet: “As captain of this football club Iā€™m gutted, angry and sad that Grady has left, great kid with a great future.”

Diangana has struggled with West Brom this season and has found himself out of the starting team under Allardyce’s watch.

However, the DR Congo international was handed his first start since January 2 on Sunday, when the Baggies took on Liverpool, and will be hoping to come back and haunt his former club tonight.

Another former Hammer at The Hawthorns, Robert Snodgrass, will not be featuring tonight with the Scotland international out for the remainder of the season following surgery on a back issue.

Source by Football London

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