Razvan Rat is unlikely to be available after missing last weekend's visit of Chelsea with a hamstring injury suffered during the recent International break. Joey O'Brien should continue to deputise if the Romanian International is ruled out. In central defence, James Collins is expected to partner James Tomkins once again with Winston Reid facing a spell on the sidelines after undergoing ankle surgery.
Sam Allardyce will be tempted to ring the changes in midfield and attack, after last weekend's defeat saw West Ham extend their run of games without a win to five. Modibo Maiga and Mohamed Diame were introduced as first-half substitutes against Chelsea and could earn recalls to the starting line-up.
Dimitar Berbatov is a doubt due to illness, with his possible absence offering a chance for the likes of Ashkan Dejagah, Adel Taarabt and Alex Kacaniklic on the flank if Bryan Ruiz moves centrally.
Sascha Riether serves the final game of his three-match ban, with Elsad Zverotic set to deputise at right-back for the third game in a row. Martin Jol is hopeful Brede Hangeland will be fit to return after missing the previous four due to a leg problem - if he fails to make it, Aaron Hughes and Philippe Senderos are set to compete with Fernando Amorebieta once again for the roles in central defence.