Potential West Ham United Starting Line Up to Face Sunderland on Saturday

​West Ham United head into their home encounter with Sunderland on the back of a much needed victory last time out.


The Hammers' 1-0 triumph away to Crystal Palace was only their second league win of the season, and handed Slaven Bilic's men a confidence boost in time for their home encounter with the Wearsiders.


With injuries and suspensions taking their toll on the first team squad, however, the Croat is likely to field a side with a couple of square pegs in round holes.

Goalkeeper

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​Fresh from keeping a clean sheet against Palace last Saturday, Adrian will retain his place in West Ham's goal for the home match against the Black Cats.

Defence

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  • Reid
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  • Ogbonna
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​After helping Adrian keep a first clean sheet in the league since August, Bilic will likely call upon the same back three that shut Palace out at Selhurst Park.


That means that midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate will be deployed at centre half, alongside Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna, ahead of James Collins for this game.

Midfield

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  • Noble
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  • Obiang
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  • Lanzini
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  • Arbeloa
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​Despite looking defensively suspect at times this term, Michail Antonio is expected to fill in at right wing-back for West Ham on home turf, with his attacking forays likely to aid West Ham in pushing Sunderland back into their own half.


A midfield three of Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang and Manuel Lanzini will dictate the play in the centre of the park, while Alvaro Arbeloa may deputise for the suspend Aaron Cresswell at left wing-back.

Forwards

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  • Payet
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​Dimitri Payet is expected to be joined in attack by Juventus loanee Simone Zaza, despite rumours that the Hammers will have to buy the Italy international permanently if he makes another eight appearances for the club.


Bilic would likely opt for Andy Carroll to lead West Ham's attack if he were fit, but the forward suffered a setback in his return from knee troubles and will be out for some time yet.