West Ham face a cup test against Championship flyers Blackburn Rovers tonight in a crunch affair at the London Stadium.

The bout will be an early indicator as to whether the Rovers are ready for Premier League football under Jon Dahl Tomasson – a result here tonight for the Championship outfit would suggest so.

If the last game between these two sides is anything to go by, it will be a high scoring affair, though, the 5-1 win to West Ham was some years ago.

Injury News

In what comes as a refreshing update for a West Ham side who were plagued with injuries at the start of the season, just Maxwel Cornet remains a doubt, with the rest of the squad fit and available for the next couple of clashes before the international break.

Predicted XI

This brings us on to our predicted line-up to face Championship high-flyers Blackburn Rovers.

We’re predicting plenty of changes, with Moyes bound to have one eye on the upcoming clash against Leicester City in three days time, before heading into the international break.


Coufal, Ogbonna, Aguerd, Emerson;
Downes, Soucek, Lanzini;
Fornals, Antonio, Benrahma

Having played 4-3-3 for the majority of the Europa Conference League campaign, Moyes has endured success with this system, winning all six games in the group for the first time in the competition’s, albeit, brief history.

The Scot will be looking for his side to dominate the ball in what will be a tricky and compact game against the joint-third best defence in England’s second tier.

In comparison to last time out against Crystal Palace, we’re predicting nine changes.

Lukasz Fabianski makes way for Alphonse Areola in a usual switch for Cup matters.

Vladimir Coufal will take his place at right-back with Thilo Kehrer dropping out.

Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma and Aaron Cresswell will all be rested for the Leicester City game, with Angelo Ogbonna, Nayef Aguerd and Emerson all coming in for this affair.

There will be alterations in the midfield too.

Declan Rice will drop out for newly converted number eight Manuel Lanzini, whilst Tomas Soucek will keep his place in the side, but will function as a single pivot, with Flynn Downes coming in for Lucas Paqueta and shifting into a slightly deeper central role.

In attack, Jarrod Bowen will make way for Pablo Fornals and Gianluca Scamacca will swap with Michail Antonio, with in-form Said Benrahma keeping his place at wide-left.