Soucek back for the Hammers – Kudus on bench


David Moyes has recalled Tomas Soucek for the game against Manchester City with the Czech playing alongside Edson Alvarez as the Hammers seek a 350th Premier League win at home this afternoon.

It means that exciting Mo Kudus remains on the bench for today’s high profile encounter with Paqueta and James Ward-Prowsae making up the midfield.

Alphonse Areola remains in goal behind a defence  of Czech Republic international Vladimír Coufal and Emerson in the full-back positions, Zouma and Morocco star Nayef Aguerd at central defence.

Man City starting XI

Souček returns after missing the 1 September victory at Luton Town, having suffered a head injury in the 3-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion the previous weekend.

Saïd Benrahma dropping to the’ bench with the, the front line consisting of Jarrod Bowen, and Jamaica international Michail Antonio.

Greece defender Konstantinos Mavropanos, who scored twice for his country against Gibraltar in a recent UEFA Euro 2024 qualifier, is fit after recovering from injury and is among the nine named substitutes.

West Ham United: Areola, Coufal, Zouma ©, Aguerd, Emerson, Álvarez, Ward-Prowse, Souček, Paquetá, Bowen, Antonio
Subs: Fabiański (GK), Cresswell, Ogbonna, Mavropanos, Kehrer, Fornals, Kudus, Benrahma, Ings

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker ©, Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol, Rodri, Silva, Foden, Doku, Álvarez, Haaland
Subs: Ortega (GK), Carson (GK), Lewis, Aké, Gómez, Phillips, Nunes, Bobb

Referee: Andy Madley

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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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