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Moyes makes five changes

Danny Ings returns to West Ham United’s starting XI as part of five changes for Aston Villa’s trip to London Stadium on Sunday afternoon despite a brace from Mikey Antonio in Cyprus.

Ings himself grabbed a couple on his full debut against Nottingham Forest last month and seeks consecutive home wins against his former team.

Emerson, Jarrod Bowen, Tomáš Souček, Manuel Lanzini and Paquetá are the other changes from the side to defeat AEK Larnaca in the UEFA Europa Conference League round of 16 first leg on Thursday, as Pablo Fornals, Flynn Downes and Aaron Cresswell drop to the bench.

An unchanged centre-back partnership of Nayef Aguerd and Kurt Zouma sees the French defender make his first Premier League starting XI since a 2-0 win over Everton in January.

Maxwel Cornet, meanwhile, is also involved in successive matchday squads and will hope to make an impact from a strong substitutes’ bench having last made a league appearance in October last year.

Retaining his place between the sticks with Łukasz Fabiański sidelined due to an eye-socket injury sustained in the 4-0 win over Forest, Alphonse Areola will make his first home Premier League start for West Ham.

In front of the 2018 FIFA World Cup-winning goalkeeper, Thilo Kehrer joins Aguerd, Zouma, who made his 50th Club appearance in Cyprus on Thursday, and Emerson, the sole change in the back-line from midweek action, in defence.

Making his 25th appearance for the Irons, Paquetá is partnered by skipper Declan Rice and Souček in midfield – the third straight league game Moyes has deployed this trio. The Czech skipper is also set to feature for the 140th occasion for the Club he joined in January 2020.

Seeking his 20th goal in Claret and Blue, Saïd Benrahma will join Bowen, who makes his 140th Club outing, in leading the support of Ings.


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