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How West Ham United could line up against Brighton & Hove Albion

How West Ham could line up against Brighton
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how West Ham United could line up against Brighton & Hove Albion in Saturday's Premier League clash.

West Ham United will be looking to give their top-four hopes a boost when they travel to the Amex on Saturday evening to take on 17th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Hammers are expected to be boosted by the return of Declan Rice from a knee injury, while Angelo Ogbonna is also likely to start, having made his return to the bench against Everton last weekend.

Head coach David Moyes is still waiting on Arthur Masuaku, Mark Noble, Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini, but all four players could be in contention for the capital side on Saturday.

As a result, Moyes will have a number of decisions to make in terms of team selection; Rice should slot in alongside Tomas Soucek in the middle of the park, while Ogbonna could replace Issa Diop at the back.

Said Benrahma found it difficult to make his mark in the 1-0 defeat to Everton last time out, and the attacker could now be replaced in the starting XI by Jarrod Bowen.

Jesse Lingard, Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio should also all start for the Hammers, who are currently fifth in the table, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand.

Cresswell might just get the nod over Masuaku if both players are fit, but Moyes also has the option of playing a back five, which might come into the manager's thinking in the build up to kickoff.

West Ham possible starting lineup: Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Lingard, Fornals; Antonio

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