West Ham United recorded their first victory of the Premier League season after their dominant display over Watford at Vicarage Road, as Sebastian Haller scored his first and second goal for the club.
The Hammers started off this season with a drubbing against champions Manchester City but after the win over the Hornets and with the injury list finally shortening, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have come into their own in the last week.
The Chilean’s side host Norwich City at the London Stadium today. So, how should he set his team up to contend with top scorer, Teemu Pukki?
Let’s take a look.
Pellegrini shouldn’t be eager to change his current winning formula as there are no fresh injuries, and therefore, the back four should stay the same. Issa Diop has averaged two tackles per game and three clearances per game [WhoScored.com], whilst Angelo Ogbonna has incredible 8.5 clearances per game and 2 tackles per game so far [WhoScored.com]
Ryan Fredericks was rested in midweek against Newport County to allow Pablo Zabaleta some game time, so the Englishman should come back in for the ex-City man at right-back.
Jack Wilshere continued his comeback and bagged his first goal for West Ham in midweek [WhoScored.com], however, with the importance of Mark Noble and Declan Rice who received a 7/10 and an 8/10 against Watford respectively [football.london], Wilshere should remain on the bench for now.
Andriy Yarmolenko has just 68 minutes under his belt this season, but with the thigh injury to Michail Antonio, the Ukrainian should start once more, whilst Felipe Anderson’s nine goals and four assists last year, and one assist thus far, prove he is still the Hammers’ best source of creativity (as per WhoScored.com).
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