West Ham manager David Moyes has made four changes from the team that lost 3-2 to Southampton on Boxing Day as West Ham look to get back on track with a win against Watford at Vicarage Road.
Declan Rice is suspended for the match having picked up five yellow cards in the opening 18 Premier League matches and is replaced in the team by club captain Mark Noble.
Aaron Cresswell remains on the sidelines with a back injury, along with Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna, so Moyes has kept faith with three of the backline from the Saints defeat, only Arthur Masuaku drops out of the starting XI.
Masuaku is replaced in the team by Ben Johnson, who looks set to start at left-back with Vladimir Coufal on the right flanking Issa Diop and Craig Dawson.
Ryan Fredericks is back after his own injury layoff and takes a spot on the bench alongside Masuaku should Moyes require defensive reinforcements.
Lukasz Fabianksi is once again in goal with Alphonse Areola on the substitute’s bench.
With no Rice, Moyes has opted for Noble to partner Tomas Soucek in the heart of midfield.
Ahead of the midfield axis Moyes has opted to ring the changes with Nikola Vlasic and Pablo Fornals dropping out of the team and Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio coming in.
Antonio came off the bench to great effect against Southampton and the striker is back in the starting XI for the first time since the defeat to Arsenal and will once again lead the line.
Bowen will therefore move back to his wide right positions with Lanzini in as No.10 and Benrahma on the left.
West Ham XI:Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Johnson, Noble ©,Soucek, Benrahma, Lanzini, Bowen, Antonio
Subs: Areola, Ashby, Fredericks, Masuaku, Alese, Kral, Vlasic, Okoflex, Yarmolenko
Source by Football London