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West Ham United v Birmingham City

4th January 2019, 14:07 by Warren Ashurst

Samir Nasri could make his debut for West Ham when Birmingham City are the visitors to the London Stadium on Saturday.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City player has joined the Hammers on a short-term contract and Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed the Frenchman will be in the matchday squad.

Pellegrini has vowed to name a strong starting XI against their Championship opponents although the West Ham boss is expected to make a number of changes from the team that drew with Brighton in midweek.

Another player expected to feature is Andy Carroll, who has been passed fit to play despite suffering a cut to his eye against the Seagulls, with Pellegrini saying the striker will be "very useful" to the team for the FA Cup clash.

Meanwhile, Birmingham head to the capital having gone five matches unbeaten in the league - a run that has seen them move up to eighth, just four points outside the play-off zone.

Boss Garry Monk is set to be without striker Omar Bogle due to a calf injury, while Kristian Pedersen is a doubt and faces a late fitness test. Isaac Vassell is hoping to make his return after 14 months out with a hip problem.

The last time the two sides met was in the Championship back in 2012 in a game at Upton Park that finished as a 3-3 draw, with the Hammers scoring twice in the last 20 minutes.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Warren Ashurst is senior member of the team and has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. A massive football fan, he also has a depth of knowledge on golf, tennis, cricket and rugby.

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