With Adrian available for selection after his red card against Southampton was rescinded, and confirmation that we’ll definitely be seeing Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia up front after Andy Carroll’s latest injury, we should be quite confident of a result today.
Carroll is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury (shock!), which means Sakho and Valencia get their chance to run defences ragged once more, just like they’ve on so many occasions already this season.
We all know that Jussi Jaaskelainen is a worthy back up to Adrian – he proved that the other night when he came on – but it’s a releif to know that we’ve got a best goalkeeper available for what is the most important fixture of our season so far.
Win this one and we’re just one game away from Wembley. Two games away from the final. Two games away from possibly ending a 35 year wait for FA Cup glory.
It will all depend on how Sam Allardyce approaches this one, though. Tony Pulis’ side are not easy to beat, so we’ll have to be at our very best once again. But if the line up and tactics are spot on, then we should be in the hat for the sixth round.
So here’s how we think West Ham might line up this afternoon…