Decision time for Pellegrini

The waiting is almost over as at 12.30pm this afternoon Manuel Pellegrini announces his first starting West Ham XI to kick off the 2018/2019 Premier League season.

Will Fabianski or Adrian get the nod in between the sticks?

Will Pellegrini prefer the pace of Ryan Fredericks over the experience of Pablo Zabaleta?

Who will partner Angelo Ogbonna in the centre of defence? Issa Diop or Fabian Balbuena?

Has Aaron Cresswell recovered from his pre-season injury or will Manuel prefer the attacking pace of Arthur Maskuaku on the left?

Will Declan Rice get his big chance in defensive midfield ahead of Pedro Obiang?

Assuming Jack Wilshere is fit who will partner him? Will Mark Noble remain in the starting lineup as our captain?

If Felipe Anderson is fit our record signing should get a guaranteed place but is Yarmolenko still suffering from a hip injury or will he hand a chance to Michail Antonio to fill in?

Mark Arnautovic should be an automatic start for any West Ham starting lineup but he has Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez waiting for their chance up front or to partner Arnie in a different formation.

We will find out Pellegrini’s decision in less than 40 minutes!

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “Decision time for Pellegrini

  1. Was worried about our midfield as the new season dawned.Never got that defensive player to protect the backline and general lack of pace in midfield.

  2. Shows how important full backs are in the modern game when pep goes out and spends 100m on them. Our full backs are just woeful and ours certainly can’t mark or defend. Our central defence is going to have a long hard season with no cover in front and our keeper got relegated last season. None of the issues we had last season have been sorted. A long hard season in store. I’d have preferred it if we had spent 100m on a new defence and ground out results. I’m sick of losing 4,5 nil every week

  3. Killed by pace again.Has anything changed.?

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