WEST HAM go away to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday – but who will start for the Hammers?
“Manuel Pellegrini’s start to life at West Ham has gone down like a lead balloon”
Manuel Pellegrini’s start to life at West Ham has gone down like a lead balloon.
The ex-Manchester City boss – who clinched the Premier League title at the Etihad in 2014 – has lost four out of four in the league since replacing David Moyes at the London Stadium.
He opened his Hammers account with an expected thrashing away at last season’s Champions League finalists Liverpool, yet sunk to a 2-1 defeat by Bournemouth in his first home outing.
That came before a 3-1 loss away at Arsenal and another one at home to newly-promoted Wolves (1-0).
Pellegrini desperately needs a result away at Everton on Sunday afternoon.
Fortunately for the 64-year-old, Toffees counterpart Marco Silva – yet to suffer defeat since replacing Sam Allardyce at the club – has a number of injury and suspension problems to deal with.
The Hammers will only be missing Winston Reid, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll.
Though, new signing Jack Wilshere is also a doubt to feature after picking up an ankle knock.
Lukasz Fabianski is expected to start in goal, sitting behind a back four of Ryan Fredericks, Fabian Balbuena, Issa Diop and Aaron Cresswell.
In a 4-2-3-1 setup, Pellegrini is likely to field captain Mark Noble alongside Carlos Sanchez in a two-man midfield.
Sanchez replacing Wilshere looks to be the only change Pellegrini will make to the side beaten at home by Wolves.
Ryan Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson and Michail Antonio should start in the attacking midfield slots, leaving Marko Arnautovic to lead the line.