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Moyes makes two big changes plus Fab’s back

 

West Ham United: Fabiański, Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice ©, Souček, Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals, Antonio
Subs: Areola (GK), Fredericks, Diop, Masuaku, Noble, Král, Vlašić, Benrahma, Yarmolenko

David Moyes has today made the two changes we – and most – were probably calling out for with the return to action of Manu Lanzini and Vladi Coufal to the Hammers team at Brentford.

There’s no sign of Ben Johnson in the squad and is obviously still struggling with a hamstring and Said Benrahma has been relegated to the bench along with Ryan Fredericks.

Lanzini is back after a two-match absence, having recovered from the bruising he suffered in a car accident while returning from international duty with Argentina.

Coufal, meanwhile, returns after missing seven matches following surgery to repair a hernia injury in late February and being an unused substitute for the Premier League win over Everton and UEFA Europa League quarter-final first-leg draw with Olympique Lyonnais at London Stadium.

The third of three changes sees Łukasz Fabiański return to his role as Premier League goalkeeper, replacing Europa League regular Alphonse Areola between the sticks at Brentford Community Stadium.

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Otherwise, David Moyes sticks with the players who started Thursday’s Europa League tie, which ended 1-1 and saw West Ham play the entire second half with ten men after Aaron Cresswell was sent-off on the stroke of half-time.

 

Vladimir Coufal arrives at Brentford

Meanwhile, the official site points out that should Jarrod Bowen score this afternoon, he will become the first Englishman to net ten Premier League goals in a season for the Hammers since current assistant coach Kevin Nolan did so as captain in 2013/14.

Brentford: Raya, Ajer, Pinnock, Zanka, Henry, Nørgaard ©, Janelt, Mbeumo, Eriksen, Wissa, Toney
Subs: Fernández (GK), Canós, Jensen, Ghoddos, Jeanvier, Fosu, Baptiste, Sørensen, Roerslev

 

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