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Two changes David Moyes could make for West Ham vs Chelsea

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It’s getting close to crunch time for David Moyes as he prepares his side to face Chelsea in the Premier League on Wednesday evening at London Stadium.

West Ham have lost two from two since the resumption of the top flight three weeks ago, losing both of those matches by the scoreline of 2-0 against Wolves and Spurs, the latter coming a week ago so the Hammers players will be well rested.

Manager David Moyes will have had plenty of time to work on formations and tactics ahead of the game as well as he desperately searches for a much-needed win, or even a point, to help West Ham in their relegation battle.

West Ham have secured just two wins in 13 Premier League games since Moyes took over from the axed Manuel Pellegrini and one of those was the Scot’s first game back, a 4-0 thumping of Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.

The Hammers are in desperate need of points in their battle against the drop as they sit outside of the relegation zone on goal difference alone and have seen teams around them fail to pick up a win since the Premier League returned - the Londoners need to take advantage sooner rather than later.

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It won’t be easy against Frank Lampard’s Blues, who have won all three of their games since returning to action and have beaten Manchester City, Leicester City and Aston Villa in that span as the Blues boss returns to face his former club, who he came through the academy setup with.

Moyes hasn’t usually been one to tinker with his team, especially in game with his lack of substitutions, or with his starting eleven either. The boss is expected to be without Sebastien Haller and Robert Snodgrass for the visit of Chelsea but could welcome back Angelo Ogbonna, who has missed the first two matches since the restart with a hamstring injury.

So, what changes could the manager make? We have taken a look and this is what we would do, we should stress that. Whether the manager makes any or not is up to him...

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Angelo Ogbonna for Fabian Balbuena

Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham tackles Harry Wilson of Bournemouth (Image: Robin Jones - AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

The Paraguayan defender didn’t do much wrong on his first start since January in last week’s defeat to Spurs but Ogbonna has been a massive miss thanks to his excellent form all season long.

Ogbonna has been playing at Hammer of the Year level consistently, infact he is probably the front runner for the award at the end of the campaign next month, and should come back in if he is fit enough.

Moyes doesn’t usually throw players who are coming back from injury straight in from the start but he has to take some risks now and Ogbonna has been training for more than a week since recovering from his injury.

It’s harsh on Balbuena but Ogbonna and Issa Diop is West Ham’s best centre back partnership.

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Andriy Yarmolenko for Pablo Fornals

Fornals hasn’t quite been at the races since he returned from the three-month absence for the Premier League and since the restart, he’s been played out of position.

The Spaniard has spurned two of the best chances the Hammers have managed to create in the two games, lashing over against Wolves with just Rui Patricio to beat and then scuffing wide from 12 yards out against Spurs last week.

While it might seem more pertinent to replace Fornals with either Jack Wilshere or Manuel Lanzini, Moyes hasn’t really been deploying a number ten-type player since the resumption and while we have brought in Yarmolenko, there is a reason for that.Moyes could then move Michail Antonio, who can do a job as a front man but lacks the goal threat, to his much-more favoured position on the wing in a front three with Yarmolenko through the middle and Jarrod Bowen on the right.

Those three can easily interchange to become the focal point having all played there at some point in their career. It’s certainly a gamble and Moyes does have Albian Ajeti and Xande Silva in his squad but he hasn’t used them yet so there is no reason to suggest he will change that for Chelsea.




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