West Ham are expected to make a handful of changes as they look to get back to winning ways against Watford on Tuesday afternoon.

David Moyes’ side suffered a fourth defeat in five games on Boxing Day against Southampton, and now travel just out of London to take on relegation battling Watford at Vicarage Road.

With games coming thick and fast plus injuries and suspensions, the boss has some decisions to make over the best side to name to get all three points.

In goal there shouldn’t be any changes as Lukasz Fabianski looks to maintain his ever-present record between the sticks in the Premier League this season.

In defence, there can’t be too many changes because of injury. Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop will all start out of necessity, but Ben Johnson should come into the side for Arthur Masuaku.

The DR Congo left-back was blasted as ‘poor‘ by Ian Wright for his performance against the Saints and it’s unlikely he’ll start again so soon after a bad performance.

In midfield, usual captain Declan Rice is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season which should allow for club captain Mark Noble to start for the first time this season in the league.

He has featured for just three minutes across two appearances in the Premier League so far, and not since his missed penalty against Manchester United back in September. He’ll partner Tomas Soucek.

In attack, Manuel Lanzini made a positive impact off the bench last time out so he should return to the lineup in place of the disappointing Pablo Fornals.

Jarred Bowen will likely return to the right wing, which will allow Michail Antonio back into the side up front after his goal. Said Benrahma should keep his place on the left too.

Here’s how we expect West Ham to lineup against Watford:

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