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West Ham United v Bristol City – Emirates FA Cup Third-Round – London Stadium – Sunday (2pm) – Preview
David Moyes could be tempted to unleash some of West Ham United’s talented youngsters when West Ham United face Championship outfit Bristol City in the third round stage of the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.
Moyes was criticised by a section of the Hammers’ support after making six changes ahead of the East Londoners 5-1 Carabao Cup defeat at the hands of Liverpool. However, with injuries, illness and international call-ups hampering the Scotsman, the likes of Kaelan Casey, Levi Laing, Connor Coventry, Lewis Orford and Divin Mubama could feature against the Robins.
All five were included in the matchday squad for the Hammers Premier League clash with Brighton, with Mubama joining the action as a second-half substitute, replacing the ineffective Said Benrahma.
West Ham’s under-21 side has performed superbly in Premier League 2 as well as the Bristol Street Motors Trophy, in which they have comfortably beaten experienced sides fielded by Bristol Rovers Newport County, Cheltenham Town and Colchester United, leading to supporters calling for the players to receive an opportunity on the highest stage, Mubama perhaps the most likely to feature from the start.
Thilo Kehrer and Vladimir Coufal could return after missing the Brighton match due to illness. However, the former is currently linked with a move away from the London Stadium with French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco keen on securing the player on a loan deal.
Lukasz Fabianski is likely to take the place of Alphonse Areola between the posts. Ben Johnson could also be handed game time after making his first Premier League appearance of the season against the Seagulls. Danny Ings could also be provided with a rare opportunity despite speculation surrounding his West Ham future.
Visitors, Bristol City – under the guidance of former Oxford United boss, Liam Manning – currently occupies a midtable position in the second tier. Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Adam Murphy could be handed a debut after joining the club from St Patrick’s Athletic.
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 2-0 Bristol City