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West Ham vs Brentford predicted XIs: Confirmed team news and probable lineups

By J Smith

Published: 12:33, 23 February 2024

West Ham go in search of their first win in 2024 when they welcome struggling Brentford to the London Stadium for Premier League action on Monday night.

The Hammers are winless in eight games in all competitions, a run that has heaped the pressure on David Moyes, and a fourth defeat in a row would make the Scot’s position more uncertain.

The Bees have lost four of their last five matches to leave them fighting for their lives, and they know failure to turn results around in the final few months of the campaign could see them drop into the Championship.

David Moyes remaining defiant in face of departure reports

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David Moyes’ job remains the subject of intense speculation, with reports varying from the powers that be at West Ham merely being unhappy at current results to potential replacements already being lined up.

On the face of it, that seems incredibly harsh. The Hammers are, after all, still ninth in the table despite their recent slump and remain in the Europa League, drawing Bundesliga side Freiburg in the last 16. And, of course, it was Moyes who delivered the club’s first major trophy since 1980 with their Europa Conference League success last season.

However, large sections of supporters are unhappy with the style of football being played at the London Stadium and banners have been spotted calling for Moyes to be sacked.

Moyes himself remains defiant, however, reminding his doubters just how much success he’s brought to West Ham, especially in contrast with the club’s fortunes across previous decades.

“I don’t think we can ever please everybody, but I think it would be hard to say there have been many better times at West Ham,” Moyes said following last week’s defeat at Nottingham Forest.

“I think they’ll (the fans) honestly have to say that it’s as good a time as there’s been at the club regarding winning a trophy (Conference League) and league positions. Maybe they’ll be managers who excite them more, possibly. But the one who’s sitting here wins more.”

West Ham vs Brentford team news

West Ham are without January loan signing Kalvin Phillips, who is suspended after his red card against Nottingham Forest last time out, with Tomas Soucek likely to take his place in midfield.

Lucas Paqueta has been back out on the grass and is getting closer to a return from injury, but this game may come too soon for him and the trip to Everton on March 2 could be a more realistic target.

Brentford remain without first-choice full-backs Rico Henry and Aaron Hickey, while centre-back Ethan Pinnock is not expected back until the end of March at the earliest.

Forwards Kevin Schade and Bryan Mbeumo both remain sidelined for the next month at least, with Joshua Dasilva a long-term absentee after picking up a knee injury.

West Ham (4-2-3-1): Areola; Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson; Soucek, Alvarez; Bowen Ward-Prowse, Kudus; Antonio.

Brentford (3-5-2): Flekken; Jorgensen, Ajer, Mee; Roerslev, Onyeka, Jensen, Janelt, Reguilon; Toney, Wissa.