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West Ham predicted lineup vs Watford - Premier League

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Antonio could return for West Ham
Antonio could return for West Ham / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

West Ham are without a win in two Premier League games going into their meeting with relegation-threatened Watford on Tuesday night.

If the Hammers are to secure an unlikely top-four finish they cannot afford to slip up here and David Moyes will be taking no chances with his team selection.

Here is the starting XI he should go with...

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Aaron Cresswell
Cresswell is quietly exceptional / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Lukasz Fabianski (GK) - Fabianski has recovered from a bout of Covid-19 and will replace cup-keeper Alphonse Areola in goal.

Vladimir Coufal (RB) - You feel like the tough-tackling Czech defender would've relished the blood and thunder of an FA Cup tie this weekend. Sadly, he was left out of the side.

Craig Dawson (CB) - Leaps and bounds ahead of Issa Diop in the pecking order, as the FA Cup tie showed...

Issa Diop (CB) - However, with Kurt Zouma likely to be dropped after videos emerged of him abusing his cat, Diop should be handed a start.

Aaron Cresswell (LB) - It is no coincidence that Cresswell's absence in the team earlier in the season coincided with one of the Hammers' worst runs.

2. Midfielders

Declan Rice
Rice is one of the best midfielders in Europe / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Declan Rice (CM) - Single-handedly dug his side out of a hole last time out. Moyes recently said that £100m was the 'sale' price for Rice, and it's hard to argue that he's wrong.

Tomas Soucek (CM) - In talks over a new contract after surprising everyone with just how good he's been.

Pablo Fornals (AM) - So calm in possession and tenacious when he does not have the ball.

3. Forwards

Jarrod Bowen
Bowen is having a great season / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Jarrod Bowen (RW) - One of the Premier League's best forwards this season. Bowen is so effective with and without the ball.

Michail Antonio (ST) - Back from international duty just in time to lead the line for the Hammers. Hard to overplay how important he is to this team.

Said Benrahma (LW) - Has simmered down somewhat after an unbelievable start to the season. He's still capable of deciding a game, though.

Read 90min's full West Ham vs Watford preview here

Read Watford's predicted lineup here