Struggling West Ham head north to Elland Road as they look to end their losing streak in a clash with Leeds United on Wednesday night.
The Hammers have lost five Premier League games on the bounce, their worst record since David Moyes took over, and the Scottish manager is coming increasingly under fire from the West Ham faithful. Currently, last season’s Europa League semi-finalists sit out of the relegation zone on goal difference alone, with both the Hammers and Nottingham Forest on 14 points after 17 games.
Meanwhile, Leeds sit three points ahead, meaning that the clash between the sides will be something of a relegation six pointer. Should Moyes’ side lose again, they could find themselves bottom of the Premier League should results go against them, while victory could see them up as high as thirteenth by the end of the night.
Here’s how we expect them to line up, and who Moyes can call on for the massive game.
Moyes will likely be without defender Kurt Zouma, who is still recovering from a knee injury, though he may return in time for the weekend’s FA Cup third-round clash with Brentford. Also set to be absent is Ivorian defender Maxwel Cornet, with the summer signing from Burnley still struggling for fitness after picking up an injury in the World Cup break.
Having experimented with a back three against Brentford in their final game of 2022 to no great effect, the under-fire Hammers boss could revert to a more traditional formation as he looks to pull a result out of the bag to stay the executioners swing, with a loss potentially sending the London side into the relegation zone should results go against them in the coming days.