Predicted line-up: Three big changes for West Ham as Manuel Pellegrini is forced to shuffle the pack

Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham United during his Press Conference after Training at Rush Green on August 10, 2018 in Romford, England.

West Ham United travel to Leicester City on Saturday off the back of consecutive defeats and with a torrid injury list.

Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham United during his Press Conference after Training at Rush Green on August 10, 2018 in Romford, England.

West Ham looked to have turned their season around after a dreadful start to the season following the victories over Everton and Manchester United and a fine 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

But back-to-back defeats away to Brighton and at home to bitter rivals Tottenham has proved a setback.

The Hammers are picking up injuries with every passing week and currently have the worst record in the Premier League.

With no fewer than seven first team players out, many for the season including new summer signings Carlos Sanchez and Andriy Yarmolenko, things are starting to unravel for Pellegrini as he finds his squad simply does not have the necessary quality in depth.

 

Leicester away suddenly represents a daunting proposition and Pellegrini could be forced to reshape his team to try and turn the corner again.

It is not yet known whether Pedro Obiang will be fit for the trip to the King Power but Pellegrini looks set to make three changes from the side which started against Spurs last time out.

Obiang in for Snodgrass

It is a massive blow to lose creative Ukrainian Yarmolenko and while Robert Snodgrass probably deserves to keep the shirt for his effort alone he simply does not offer enough pace or creativity at Premier League level to move across and fill in for either Snodgrass or Yarmolenko. Obiang, if fit, will come in to the centre to replace Snodgrass.

Arthur Masuaku arrives at the stadium ahead the friendly match between West Ham United and SCO Angers on August 3, 2018 in Grodig, Austria.

Masuaku in for Noble

Not a straight swap but Masuaku simply cannot be trusted at left back as his defensive capabilities are not sufficient for Premier League level. What Masuaku does bring is pure pace and trickery and he should come into the side on the left with Felipe Anderson moving into a central role in place of Mark Noble, who has been desperately poor in the last two games.

West Ham United's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini (L) talks with West Ham United's English midfielder Michail Antonio (R) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal...

Antonio in for Yarmolenko

Antonio has been struggling for game time and form and simply hasn't taken his chances when they have come along under Pellegrini. He is very much a player that needs to feel loved and wanted but he also hasn't been putting in the same level of effort which so endeared him to Hammers fans. Now he is likely to have a long run in the side with Yarmolenko's injury and he must step up.

Predicted West Ham team to face Leicester

West Ham predicted team to face Leicester

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