Benrahma dropped – Fornals back


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David Moyes has recalled Emerson and Pablo Fornals  to the starting XI for the match against Palace, with the Hammers otherwise unchanged from the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday evening.

And that means, as we had hoped, Said Benrahma drops to the bench along with Aaron Cresswell and as skipper Declan Rice brings up a memorable milestone by making his 200th appearance for the club.

It really is good to see Fornals back in the starting eleven after his scorpion goal and hugely energetic appearance at Bournemouth last weekend.

Rice will become the ninth youngest player to reach 200 Premier League games and becomes only the sixth Hammer to reach the landmark.

Crystal Palace: Johnstone, Mitchell, Guéhi, Andersen, Ward, Schlupp, Doucouré, Eze, Ofise, Zaha, Ayew
Subs: Guaita (GK), Milivojevic, Tomkins, Lokanga, Mateta, Hughes, Édouard, Richards, Riedewald

West Ham United: Fabiański, Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson, Souček, Rice ©, Paquetá, Bowen, Antonio, Fornals
Subs: Areola (GK), Cresswell, Lanzini, Downes, Cornet, Ings, Ogbonna, Benrahma, Kehrer

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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