The big Carabao Cup question


The big Carabao Cup question

So now we move onto the next big question in this hectic week of festive football – how seriously is David Moyes set to take the Carabao Cup clash at Anfield on Wednesday evening. Two victories on the trot in the Euro and Premier Leagues is very good news and West Ham United looked a decent side this afternoon in beating Wolves, justĀ  as they did against Freiburg.

But the team selection will be vitally important and one or two players appear to have slipped out of concentration for inclusion of late – notably Said Benrahma whose highly ineffective performance was against Fulham. He hasn’t been seen since.

The big Carabao Cup question

Maxwel Cornet still fails to get any sort of chance and it will be interesting to see whether Mikey Antonio will be involved as we understand he is all but recovered from the knee ligament injury. It’s also likely that Kurt Zouma will be missing again so we can expect to see Mavropanos in the line up.

With Liverpool having been held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester United this afternoon in the Premier League and with Arsenal arriving on December 23 Jurgen Klopp may well be tempted to rest a few which may or may not be of help to the Hammers given the strength of the Liverpool squad.

Assuming no further fitness problems this would be my team for the game given we face Manchester United on Saturday: Fabianski; Kehrer, Mavropanos, Aguerd, Emerson; Soucek, Paqueta, JWP, Kudus, Bowen, Antonio.

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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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  • eromittal says:

    The thing is Hugh, given the teams left in the competition, a win against Liverpool would give us a real chance of silverware & a passport into Europe. My advice to Moyes would be to take it seriously.

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