West Ham United begin their FA Cup campaign with an away trip to Stockport County in the third round on Monday at 8pm (UK time).
The Hammers are going well in the Premier League but may also have their eyes on ending a 41-year trophy drought, having not lifted a piece of major silverware since winning this competition in 1980.
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Where to watch Stockport vs West Ham on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Stockport 0-3 West Ham
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Stockport vs West Ham build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Stockport are enjoying a strong season so far in the National League, sitting in fourth place. Despite trailing leaders Torquay United by 14 points, they do have three games in hand and could move within touching distance of the summit if they continue their strong form. The Hatters have not had the smoothest journey to the third round, initially losing their qualifying game against Chesterfield on penalties before it was ordered to be replayed due to their opponents fielding an ineligible player. Stockport won the replayed fixture, going on to beat Rochdale and Yeovil Town in the first and second rounds respectively.
West Ham are enjoying an impressive start of their own this season, most recently beating Everton to move 10th in the table. The Hammers are just three points adrift of the fourth and final Champions League spot and supporters will no doubt be thrilled at looking up the table, rather than down. That said, they’ll still demand a win from David Moyes’ side here, who are looking to bring home the club’s first trophy in 41 years. Given the gap between these two teams, defeat won’t be accepted.
- Stockport (vs Altrincham): Hinchliffe; Keane, Hogan, Stott; Southam-Hales, Maynard, Rooney, Croasdale, Kitching; Bennett, Reid.
- West Ham (vs Everton): Randolph; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals; Haller*.
John Rooney and Ashley Palmer return from suspension for Stockport. Arthur Masuaku and Ryan Fredericks are out for the Hammers while Lukasz Fabianski is doubtful after injuring himself in the warm-up prior to the win over Everton. Michail Antonio is fully fit but may not be risked here. Sebastien Haller completed his move to Ajax over the weekend, and has already made his debut for the Dutch side.
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Player to watch: Said Benrahma (West Ham)
Despite the excitement surrounding his arrival, Said Benrahma has failed to adjust to life in the top-flight thus far since swapping Brentford for West Ham. The Algeria international notched 27 goals and 23 assists across two seasons in the Championship but has only managed two assists in the Premier League, yet to find the back of the net himself.
Moyes will no doubt shuffle his pack for the trip to non-league Stockport but Benrahma might be one man to keep his place as the Scottish coach seeks to play his big summer arrival back into form.
If he does start, Benrahma will likely be the player tasked with unlocking a stubborn Stockport defence, operating in the space behind the centre-forward where he can make the most of his dribbling skills, vision and deadly passing.
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