West Ham United will hope to win two games on the trot when they face Gillingham in the FA Cup this weekend.
The Hammers returned to winning ways on Wednesday, kicking off 2020, and life under David Moyes, with a 4-0 thrashing of Bournemouth at the London Stadium.
They looked a completely different side from the one that was falling down the table with Manuel Pellegrini and should go into this weekend’s game as clear favourites.
Hosts Gillingham are currently 11th in League One but have been inconsistent in recent weeks, coupling wins with draws albeit against teams around them. But they will now be looking to spring an upset in the FA Cup and reach the fourth round for the second season in a row.
Read on for our Gillingham vs West Ham preview, team news, TV coverage information and more.
Key info for Gillingham vs West Ham – and how to stream live:
Competition: FA Cup
Date: Sunday, 05 January 2020
Kick-off: 6:16 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 1
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Last five meetings: Gillingham vs West Ham
22 February 2005: Gillingham 0-1 West Ham (Championship)
23 October 2004: West Ham 3-1 Gillingham (Championship)
27 March 2004: West Ham 2-1 Gillingham (Division 1)
20 September 2003: Gillingham 2-0 West Ham (Division 1)
09 September 1914: Gillingham 4-0 West Ham (Southern League First Division)
Aggregate Score: Gillingham (LLLWW) 8-6 West Ham (WWWLL)
Ones to watch
Gillingham: Brandon Hanlan
Gillingham haven’t been the greatest scorers in League One this season, scoring 28 goals in their 24 games with only six teams managing fewer. But if they do want goals against West Ham, they will need Brandon Hanlan to be on form.
The 22-year-old has scored three of Gillingham’s league goals this season but has also added two assists as part of his frequent strike partnerships alongside either Mikael Mandron or Alex Jakubiak. He will likely start again on Sunday and will be key to all of Gillingham’s attacks.
Key stat: No Gillingham player has recorded more assists in League One this season than Brandon Hanlan’s two.
West Ham: Felipe Anderson
There were so many positives from West Ham’s win over Bournemouth, including the goals for Mark Noble and Sebastien Haller, but the one that will have gone done so well was Felipe Anderson’s strike.
West Ham’s star man at the start of last season, Anderson endured a tough 2019, scoring just one goal and faltering particularly under Pellegrini. But Anderson returned to the scoresheet against Bournemouth and coupled it with a solid display, full of confidence.
Anderson starts and should look to pull the strings against League One opposition.
Key stat: Felipe Anderson has been directly involved in five Premier League goals this season, scoring once and recording four assists.
Gillingham have pretty much settled on a first XI this season and have stuck with it once again here.
Confirmed XI: Bonham; Fuller, Ehmer, Tucker, Ogilvie; O’Keefe, Jones, O’Connor; Lee; Hanlan, Jakubiak.
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While some managers will look to rotate in cup ties such as this, Moyes has named a strong line-up as he gets started at West Ham. That means no start for Roberto who looked out of his depth in deputising for Lukasz Fabianski, while the likes of Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Declan Rice all feature.
Predicted XI: Fabianski; Diop, Balbuena, Ogbonna; Rice; Fredericks, Snodgrass, Masuaku, Lanzini; Anderson, Haller.
As previously mentioned, with Moyes taking this game seriously, West Ham should cruise to victory.
The Hammers looked revitalised in the win over Bournemouth and Sunday will be a good opportunity for Moyes to keep momentum and morale high against lower league opposition.