West Ham will be looking towards the Carabao Cup as their best chance of silverware this season after getting the easiest draw in the competition against bottom of League Two Macclesfield Town.
West Ham beat AFC Wimbledon in the previous round whereas Macclesfield have won two penalty shootouts against Bradford City and Walsall to reach this stage.
Macclesfield will be looking to cause a massive upset after their poor start to the season, the Silkmen lie bottom of League Two with no wins in nine outings.
|Game||West Ham vs Macclesfield|
|Date||Wednesday, September 26|
|Time||7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US) the game will not be broadcast or streamed
|US TV channel||Online stream|
The game cannot be watched live on television in the United Kingdom (UK), nor can it be streamed live online, but live updates can be followed on Goal by clicking here .
Squads & Team News
|Position||West Ham squad|
|Defenders||Fredericks, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell, Rice, Masuaku|
|Midfielders||Obiang, Noble, Sanchez, Antonio, Snodgrass|
|Forwards||Yarmolenko, Anderson, Arnautovic, Perez, Hernandez|
West Ham are expected to rest a number of players.
Javier Hernandez is available after a case of flu, but Jack Wilshere remains sidelined for a lengthy period of time after undergoing ankle surgery.
Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid are long-term injury absentees.
Potential West Ham XI: Adrian; Fredericks, Rice, Diop, Masuaku; Noble, Sanchez, Snodgrass; Antonio, Perez, Yarmolenko
|Goalkeepers||O'Hara, Taylor, Simpson|
|Defenders||Grimes, Kelleher, Pearson, Rose, Fitzpatrick, Hodgkiss, Lowe, Dugdale, Evans, Welch-Hayes|
|Midfielders||Whitaker, Lloyd, Durrell, Arthur, Vincenti, Maycock|
|Forwards||Smith, Napa, Ponticelli, Wilson, Marsh, Blissett|
Michael Rose will miss out due to suspension after a red card at the weekend.
Jordan Ponticelli (foot), Elliott Durrell (groin), Ryan Lloyd (ankle), Luke Simpson (dislocated thumb) and Ben Stephens (hip) are all still sidelined.
Potential Macclesfield XI: O'Hara; Pearson, Kelleher, Grimes, Fitzpatrick, Lowe; Whitaker, Evans; Napa, Marsh, Blissett
Betting & Match Odds
As you would expect, West Ham are strong favourites to win the game, with bet365 giving odds of 1/9 on a Hammers victory at the London Stadium. Macclesfield's chances of a win are rated 28/1 and a draw is a 10/1 bet.
This should be one of the most routine wins of the season for West Ham.
Macclesfield can't buy a win in League Two so coming up against Premier League opposition should be too much for them.
Lucas Perez may get a start and, with a point to prove, he could be among the goals in this one.
Manuel Pellegrini has won this competition in the past with Manchester City and he is keen for West Ham to get their hands on the cup.
“It is a very important competition – the first major trophy that can be won in the season – and the experience of winning at Wembley in front of your supporters is something that stays with you forever," Pellegrini told the club's official website .
“Our ambition is clear – to take the competition very seriously and progress as far as we possibly can. I know it is a trophy that West Ham United have not yet won in our history and, of course, we would like that to change, but first we must concentrate on showing the right approach against Macclesfield.”