Friday 01 Jan
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Team news: Benrahma among three Hammers changes

Said Benrahma


West Ham United manager David Moyes hands starts to Saïd Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and Vladimir Coufal for tonight’s Premier League fixture at Everton.

Attacker Benrahma makes his second start for the Hammers, while forward Bowen and right-back Coufal are both recalled to the starting eleven after being rested for the trip to Southampton on 29 December.

Craig Dawson keeps his place at centre-back after impressing on his Irons debut at St Mary’s Stadium, where he helped West Ham keep their first clean sheet in eight matches in a goalless draw.

With West Ham playing their third game in six days, Moyes will ask his players to dig deep again at Goodison Park, where they face an Everton side who have themselves not played since Boxing Day.

Łukasz Fabiański continues his ever-present record in goal, starting his 30th consecutive Premier League match.

In front of the Poland international, Coufal returns in place of Ryan Fredericks at right-back, with Dawson partnering Angelo Ogbonna in the centre of defence, with another ever-present, Aaron Cresswell, at left-back.

Declan Rice starts his 56th Premier League match in a row and captains the side in central midfield, where he will partner fellow ever-present Tomáš Souček.

Bowen returns on the right wing, with Pablo Fornals presumably starting on the left and Benrahma in the No10 role behind centre-forward Sébastien Haller.

With nine substitutes now permitted for Premier League matches, seven of the team who started the 4-1 Carabao Cup fourth-round defeat here in September are named on the bench, alongside Issa Diop and Michail Antonio.

West Ham United: Fabiański, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice (c), Souček, Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals, Haller
Subs: Randolph (GK), Johnson, Balbuena, Diop, Noble, Snodgrass, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Antonio

Everton: Pickford, Coleman (c), Holgate, Mina, Godfrey, Doucoure, Davies, Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Olsen, Lossl, Nkounkou, Keane, Branthwaite, Gomes, Gordon, Rodriguez, Tosun

Referee: Kevin Friend