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The Europa League dream may be over for West Ham and Moyes, but the Hammers boss witnessed his side respond to their continental heartache in perfect fashion during their trip to Carrow Road – putting four unanswered goals past an already-relegated Norwich City side.
Said Benrahma bagged a brace for himself alongside efforts from Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio in a convincing Hammers success – one which has seen them keep their top-six hopes alive heading into the final fortnight of the campaign.
With Manchester United not in action this weekend, seventh-placed West Ham can move level on points with the Red Devils with victory here, and their vastly superior goal difference would see them leapfrog Ralf Rangnick‘s side into the Europa League spots too.
Facing Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex on the final day is hardly a walk in the park for West Ham – Man United found that out the hard way – but ending a four-game losing run in all competitions was just what the doctor ordered before the visit of the champions.
Moyes will now be tasked with ending his side’s four-game winless run at the London Stadium in all competitions, but the hosts have scored in all of their Premier League home games so far this season and may feel that attack is the best form of defence against opponents who will expect plenty of goalmouth action themselves.
West Ham did not come out of their thrashing of Norwich unscathed by any means, as Benrahma, Craig Dawson and Antonio all had to be forced off with knocks at Carrow Road.
The hosts are reportedly optimistic about Dawson and Antonio’s chances of being passed fit, but Benrahma will need further assessment, while Angelo Ogbonna remains out for the long term.
Ben Johnson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Nikola Vlasic are all on standby should Moyes be without any members of the trio, while Issa Diop should be fit enough to return to the matchday squad.
The hosts suffered their own defensive crisis a few weeks ago, and now it is Guardiola’s turn to work around a raft of absentees, with Kyle Walker, John Stones and Ruben Dias already out for the season.
The rearguard worries did not cease for City on Wednesday, as Aymeric Laporte and makeshift centre-back Fernandinho were both forced off with knee and hamstring issues respectively, so Guardiola will be severely limited at the back this week if the duo cannot recover quickly enough.
Nathan Ake‘s return from an ankle problem is nothing short of a blessing for City, and the Dutchman could find himself partnered by Rodri unless Guardiola takes a punt on CJ Egan-Riley or Luke Mbete.
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The visitors’ bountiful options further forward means that Guardiola can afford to drop Rodri slightly deeper, with Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus both primed to return to the attack.
West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals; Antonio
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Cancelo, Rodri, Ake, Zinchenko; Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling