David Moyes’ team face a different prospect tonight against Scott Parker’s side, with the hosts expected to dictate far more of the play than in previous weeks.
The Irons will be without club captain Mark Noble, who is struggling with a rib injury, as confirmed by Moyes in his pre-match press conference yesterday.
Moyes will again feel the absence of talismanic striker Michail Antonio, although the 30-year-old is said to be progressing well by the manager.
Whilst the system is likely to remain the same, the personnel could alter slightly from the team which lost 2-1 at Anfield last week. However, given Antonio’s ongoing absence, Sebastien Haller may be given another opportunity as the focal point of attack despite his poor showing against Liverpool.
The other talking point remains over Said Benrahma, who is yet to make his full debut for the Hammers after joining on loan on deadline day.
Here’s how we think West Ham will line up…
GK - Lukas Fabianski
RB - Vladimir Coufal
Will be looking forward to facing potentially less challenging opposition after dealing with Raheem Sterling and Sadio Mane in the last fortnight
CB - Fabian Balbuena
Arguably the man most at risk with Craig Dawson waiting in the wings. Will need a big performance but should get the chance
CB - Angelo Ogbonna
The experienced defender has plenty of life left in him yet and has been pivotal in orchestrating the new-look back five
CB - Aaron Cresswell
Hammers fans will be pleased to discover Cresswell’s fitness concerns aren’t a problem. Enjoying his new position and thriving
LB - Arthur Masuaku
CDM - Declan Rice
Captain in the absence of Noble and is leading from the front with his performances this season
CDM - Tomas Soucek
Formidable partnership building with Rice and will be looking to drive the Irons back to winning ways
RW - Jarrod Bowen
After a few weeks without much of the ball going forwards, Bowen will be desperate to impress in the attacking third, where he comes alive once more
LW - Said Benrahma
A first glimpse last week and another week’s training should be enough to warrant a first start for the new man, with Pablo Fornals missing out despite his goal at Anfield. The Algerian loves playing against Fulham
CF - Sebastien Haller
Can probably count himself lucky there isn’t a fit alternative natural striker waiting in the wings. Big performance needed