Kidderminster Harriers Match Preview

West Ham United ended January with back-to-back Premier League defeats and will want to start February by bouncing back and progressing to the fifth round of the FA Cup. They face a trip to Aggborough Stadium to take on National League North side Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday afternoon.

Getting past this stage in recent years has become something of a banana skin for the Hammers but they did manage to achieve the feat last season when they made light work of Doncaster Rovers by beating them 4-0 in Stratford and they will be hoping for a similar outcome here.

The hosts are the lowest ranked side left in this year’s competition but they did cause a shock in the third round by knocking out Sky Bet Championship outfit Reading and they will be dreaming of another cup upset this time around.

David Moyes named a strong side for the third round tie with fellow Premier League side Leeds United but may make changes here. Alphonse Areola is set to start consecutive games after making his top-flight debut for the club in the defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford last time out, while Ryan Fredericks may be involved for the first time since the third round victory on 9 January.

Kurt Zouma’s return to action at Old Trafford saw Issa Diop drop to the bench but the Frenchman may be restored to the starting line-up. Nikola Vlašić is likely to take the place of Michail Antonio for this match.

Mark Noble and Alex Král could replace Pablo Fornals and Tomáš Souček, while Manuel Lanzini will hope to stay involved. Arthur Masuaku and Andriy Yarmolenko might also be in contention.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 12:30pm with live coverage being screened by the BBC from midday. The referee is Jonathan Moss.