After seeing our Development Squad get turned over by Nottingham Forest on Sunday, it will be welcome sight to see a more familiar looking team at the Etihad Stadium tonight.

Allardyce admitted that he had rested almost the entire first-team for the 5-0 FA Cup third round loss firstly because of injuries, and secondly because he believed we have a chance of reaching Wembley.

That may be a little too ambitious given our current form and Manchester City‘s current form at home. They’ve have a 100% record at the Etihad this season and are averaging four goals a game. Ouch.

Nevertheless, we’re West Ham and we tend to do the impossible from time-to-time, so the team Allardyce fields tonight could well pull of the performances of their lives and snatch something. What? I can dream, can’t I?

We were given an idea of what side Allardyce could field tonight when talkSPORT’s Moose tweeted the squad that will travel up to Manchester…


No Stewart Downing, which is a big surprise, but Joe Cole can do a job there, while I wouldn’t put it past Allardyce to stick Mohamed Diame out wide again, despite it never working in the past.

So here’s my proposed starting XI for tonight’s Capital One Cup semi-final against Manchester City…

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Would you be happy with that starting XI? How would you approach this game? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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