West Ham Team Against Charlton
I haven't been so excited pre-season about West Ham's chances for a few seasons. Dean Ashton's injury has dampened my excitement quite a bit, as I had this feeling he was going to set the Premiership alight this season. However we have strength in depth, particulary in attack.
With this in mind I would go for an attacking line up against the Addicks on Saturday. With Etherington injured I would also experiment with Benayoun playing just behind two strikers. So here is the team I would play in a 4-3-1-2 formation:
Hopefully Green will be fit soon and will seriously challenge Carroll for the number 1 shirt.
Paintsil Ferdinand Gabbidon Konchesky
Paintsil should get the nod over Mears, has by all accounts done well in the few friendlies he has been involved in and I think will finally solve our problems at right back.
Reo-Coker Mullins Bowyer
If Etherington was fit I would say Bowyer should start on the bench, and have to prove his right to start by coming on and doing well as a sub. As it is Bowyer gets my nod over Reid because of his experience. Having Reid on the bench still gives us the opportuity to revert to a 4-4-2, with Reid on the left and Benayoun on the right.
I think with Reo-Coker Mullins and Bowyer we have a strong enough tackling midfield to allow Benayoun to be given more freedom and a more central linking role.
Harewood's scoring record last season gives him the right to start and I think Zamora's pre-season form should place him ahead of Cole.
So that's my choice (not my prediction, as I think Pardew will stick to a 4-4-2).