West Ham may be looking for their first clean sheet since January 12 when they step out against Watford tomorrow evening.
And maybe ominously that comes at a time when the Hornets achieved their first clean sheet against Burnley in their last game since February 2020 when beating Liverpool 3-0 in Roy Hodgson’s first game as boss.
The Hammers have conceded five in their last three games and may find themselves without Kurt Zouma who is understood to be on his way for scans on the injury he suffered against Kidderminster later today.
Should he be missing tomorrow evening David Moyes has few other options than to bring in Issa Diop unless he overcomes his reluctance to play Aji Alese or Jamal Baptiste.
We believe he will need to be brave given Diop’s current form and go with one of the under 23s in what could be a tricky game against a team again battling against relegation.
Vladi Coufal looks set to return at right back but whether the manager goes with Michail Antonio is another tricky selection problem given he has only just returned from two defeats in Jamaica’s World Cup campaign.
We would go with him and here’s our team should Zouma’s be absent : Fabianski, Coufal, Alese, Dawson, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals, Antonio.