West Ham face Fulham at the London Stadium on Friday night with both clubs having had a 13-day break from match action.
The Hammers will be without Samir Nasri who has failed to recover from a calf injury that has kept him out for the London club’s last four games.
There is some good news for manager Manuel Pellegrini, though, on the injury front. Fabian Balbuena is back to full fitness after two months out with a knee problem.
Another player who could make his comeback against Fulham is Manuel Lanzini. The Argentine hasn’t featured this season after sustaining an ACL injury back in June. He could be fit enough to start on the bench on Friday.
The rest of West Ham’s injury concerns are long term. Jack Wilshere (ankle), Winston Reid (knee), Andriy Yarmolenko (Achilles) and Carlos Sanchez (knee) are all likely to miss the rest of the season.
Fulham have very few injuries heading into the clash against the Hammers. Reserve keeper Marcus Bettinelli is out with a knock while defender Alfie Mawson is still sidelined with a knee issue.
The bookies make West Ham favourites to come out on top in the London derby. The Irons are 20/23 odds-on at BetVictor with a draw best priced at 29/10 with Betfair. A win for Fulham is 10/3 at the same bookmaker.
West Ham’s Predicted XI To Face Fulham:
Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell, Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Anderson, Antonio, Arnautovic
Fulham’s Predicted XI:
Sergio Rico, Christie, Odoi, Ream, Le Marchand, Bryan, Seri, Chambers, Schurrle, Mitrovic, Sessegnon
Predicted Score – 3-2 to West Ham