West Ham United will be looking to secure their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup when they welcome Birmingham City to the London Stadium.
The Hammers have suffered from inconsistency in recent times and will be keen to get back to winning ways after a disappointing 2-2 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.
Birmingham, too, head into this fixture on the back of a draw. Garry Monk’s side could only manage a draw away at Sheffield Wednesday on New Year’s Day.
Manuel Pellegrini looks set to ring the changes in the FA Cup clash, with the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Pablo Zabaleta set to be handed well-earned rests.
Take a look at how we’re expecting West Ham to line up against Birmingham.
Adrian is set to come into the team, as he so often does for cup fixtures.
It is likely that promising youngster Ben Johnson will start, with Ryan Fredericks sidelined and Pablo Zabaleta in need of a rest.
In central defence, Diop is likely to keep his place as Fabian Balbuena continues to recover from injury.
West Ham have few central defensive options fit and readily available, so Ogbonna is set to start.
Aaron Cresswell is set to be rested. Masuaku, therefore, is poised to start against Birmingham.
Pellegrini praised Noble’s performance against Brighton. He’s likely to retain his place in the team.
Rice has been in good form and is set to get the nod in holding midfield.
The young winger is set to be handed a chance to shine against Birmingham.
Nasri is set to make his first start for West Ham in this cup tie.
Snodgrass is set to operate on the flank. Pellegrini could, however, be tempted to give young Nathan Holland the chance to impress.
The young forward could start in this one. He’s looked lively since his summer arrival for the youth side, so could be called on to lead the line.