The game's not on in the UK so you'll have to wait till MOTD to see what happened.
that's one of the good things about living in the States... every game... every week... of course, the downside is... so have to watch West Ham play, weeks in... week out.
be interesting to see how this team line-up shakes out...
Fabianski should play but is still probably not entirely fit
Guardian has the back four as:
Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell
sitting deep behind
Snodgrass, Lanzini, Fornals
and up front on his own in a formation that never works and should never be deployed at home... Haller
no, no, no, no... do NOT play a lone striker at home... for the love of god...
Lanzini needs to be dropped to try to prove you need to put in a performance to get picked... I'd honestly say the same about Haller as the 'lack of service' excuse are running a bit thin.
But to be honest, you could drop half that team for that reason... but then you stumble onto the other problem we have... no depth, so who's going to replace them?
I mean, sure... Lanzini has been pony in recent games... so replace him with... Sanchez?
The Evening Standard goes with the following but seems o be woefully out of the loop regarding who's actually fit to play...
Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell,
Zabaleta, Masuaku; Rice, Noble, Snodgrass;
They think Antonio will play but he's listed as injured and still out on the BBC...
so the treatment table looks like:
Wilshire (he shouldn't even figure in anyone's thinking)
the only thing that comes shining through regardless of which line-up you look at... we have no strength in depth at all.
so Soucek looks very likely to feature - I agree with Blakey that it's likely to be as a sub... especially since he's not played competitively since mid December.
the bigger question to ask is whether certain players are just going through a bad patch or if they're just not good enough...
I'd put Haller, Anderson, Lanzini, Sanchez and Yarmolenko into that category.
Zabaleta is out anyway so he's not included in any long term thinking
Wilshere needs to be hung out to dry and shouldn't figure in any long terms plans - but how do you ditch a sicknote player other than wait out their contract and keep paying the money?
Noble is way beyond his sell-by date and should go... hopefully Soucek will be his long term replacement but it just seems impossible for people to see past their rose tinted spectacles when it comes to Mr West Ham
Rice has been hot and cold, the Liverpool game being a prime example... he had some mare-ish moments but also had a couple chances he could/should have done better with...
The defense is a mystery... they kept Liverpool to only two goals... which is commendable... but it's the simple mistakes, poor positioning, lack of concentration that cost us and we've seen those traits for years... so what do we do?
Ogbonna, Diop, Cresswell... they're all equally capable of scoring goals, defending well but also gifting goals to the opposition - but how long does it take to swap out an entire back four?
Ngakia did well after a dodgy start midweek and I hope he gets a chance to become more familiar with playing in the first team (he's not even listening in the squad on the offish) but I also know we have a manager I don't lie and who will apparently bench or drop players - take the blossoming partnership between Antonio and Haller as a prime example.
the biggest problem (which you can see clearly by looking back at this fixture form January last year) is that nothing seems to change.
Performance-wise, player-wise, result-wise.
I mean... how is it that Brighton, the team we face in one many, many upcoming must-win games, is our bogey team? How can we fail to beat them so regularly?
We need to win tomorrow
I hope we win tomorrow
I'll be pissed if we don't
But I'll also not be at all surprised.
We need to take it one game at a time... if we win... it doesn't negate all the bad we've witnessed...
one game at a time...