West Ham is back in the Premier League on Monday night when Aston Villa reach a third consecutive win in the Midlands.

The Hammers have defeated Watford and Norwich City in the last two games in the top division before the international break and renounced Newport County in the Carabao Cup.

Most of the players returned to Rush Green on Monday as usual, the seven players called up for their country will return in the coming days as coach Manuel Pellegrini returns to 18th place Villa.

Aston Villa will certainly not sit back and play a rather expansive kind of football, not as weird as Daniel Farkes Norwich, whom the Hammers picked up two Saturdays ago.

football.london Estimate the depth card of the players that will be available to the manager this week (assuming there are no new injuries we do not know yet …).


Lukasz Fabianski starts the goal unless he goes down in training this week. In the international break he has survived two friendly matches for Poland unscathed.

Roberto will be back on the bench and David Martin will not be on matchday 18.

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West Ham right back Ryan Fredericks

Ryan Fredericks has secured first place for the Timebeing, but is still hard-pressed by veteran Pablo Zabaleta, who is in his last season in the club. The Argentine will sit on the bench on Monday, if he's in the squad, you could imagine.

Ben Johnson is the other alternative, but he's negotiating with the U23, despite his impressive preseason with the Hammers.

Center back

Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna have been paired together in the last two Premier League matches, and there is no reason to point out that this will not be the case against Villa.

Fabian Balbuena is still waiting in the wings, should he be dropped after the impact of Man City. Winston Reid is still a few weeks away from a return to action after two serious knee injuries. Goncalo Cardoso is said to remain in the U23, as he is familiar with the English game after joining Boavista earlier this summer.

left Behind

Like Fredericks on the right, Arthur Masuaku has nailed the spot on the other side of the four-man defense. So much so that Aaron Cresswell in the last three games of the Premier League was no longer in the squad.

Central midfield

Declan Rice and Mark Noble come first. The captain has been fantastic since returning after an injury, and his presence is a great help to Rice.

Relegation players Carlos Sanchez and Robert Snodgrass should find themselves on the bench, as they have been for most of the season so far. Snodgrass started a game in Brighton and Sanchez had emerged from the sideline in three of their four games so far.

Attacking midfield

Manuel Lanzini runs the ball

This position is a bit ambiguous for the Hammers, as their attacking midfielders, with the exception of Manuel Lanzini, who should play against Villa, are basically strikers, provided he has no problem on Tuesday in Argentina's friendly against Mexico. Although the time differences come from the US, Lanzini may arrive in London on Friday.

The manager has to decide if Lanzini is fresh enough to play, even though he was not in the first friendly against Chile.

Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko should fill the flanks again, although there may be a decision to overcome them, taking into account his recent workload and having returned from a severe Achilles tendon injury just one month ago. If Yarmolenko can not make it or if it is decided that Lanzini is not fresh enough, then Pablo Fornals will come in.

Jack Wilshere hopes for at least one place on the bench, which was not in the squad in the last two games. Fornals had a quiet start to the Premier League and will most likely stay on the bench.

The only injury in midfield is that of Michail Antonio, who will miss the rest of 2019 with a thigh injury that had to be operated on last week.


Pellegrini always plays only the one forward and relies on his offensive midfielders / strikers / whatever they are this week to get up and support them.

This will be record-breaking hunter Sebastien Haller with substitute Albian Ajeti on the bench. Obviously, Javier Hernandez will not be there because he moved to Seville for £ 7m.