Check out this great piece of skill from West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, one of the club’s standout players in yesterday’s goalless draw against Everton at the London Stadium, showing the Argentine attempting a rabona cross against Ronald Koeman’s side. Didn’t quite have the end result as Payet’s against Watford, but definitely worth a watch! [Read more…]
Should you bet your house on Romelu Lukaku scoring against West Ham later this afternoon? Judging by the Belgian’s incredible recent record against the Hammers, the answer is a big YES.
The 23 year old has scored in ALL of Everton’s last nine games (dating back to September 2013) against West Ham. Incredible record- check out the games and his goals below.
Everton 2-0 West Ham 30 October, 2016 (Lukaku 50′)
Everton 2-3 West Ham 5 March, 2016 (Lukaku 13′)
West Ham 1-1 Everton 7 November, 2015 (Lukaku 43′)
West Ham 1-2 Everton 15 May, 2015 (Lukaku 90+3′)
West Ham 2-2 Everton 13 January, 2015 FA Cup (Lukaku 97′)
Everton 1-1 West Ham 6 January, 2015 FA Cup (Lukaku (90+1′) [Read more…]
Andy Carroll has been ruled out of West Ham’s game at home against Everton after picking up a groin injury in last week’s 2-2 draw against Swansea. Carroll’s abductor muscle, a recurrent injury problem for the lanky striker, acted up again when his kick resulted in an assist for Andre Ayew at the Stadium of Light.
West Ham, who are already missing Michail Antonio to injury, might be forced to turn to Diafra Sakho, but Jonathan Calleri and Ashley Fletcher also remain options. Skipper Mark Noble and right back Sam Byram are both suspended for Everton’s visit to the London Stadium. [Read more…]
The club have today (April 19, 2017) officially opened voting for the End of the Season Awards in six categories- Hammer of the Year, Best Goal, Best Save, Team Performance, Individual Performance and Best Signing.
The Best Goal of the season award has six nominees- two of the goals came against Crystal Palace.
Antonio v Watford (Payet’s rabona assist)
Payet v Middlesbrough (great individual goal)
Lanzini v Palace
Reid v Sunderland
Carroll v Palace
Kouyate v Swansea
In our humble opinion, Carroll vs Palace is our easy winner. [Read more…]
Sunderland hadn’t scored in the league for 675 minutes going into this game (they last netted in the 4-0 win over Palace back in February) and Wahbi Khazri hadn’t started for the Black Cats since October.
It took the Wearsiders 26 minutes more to break their duck and it was Tunisian winger Khazri who broke the duck, scoring DIRECTLY from a corner.
Bilic made two changes from the side that had beaten Swansea- Edimilson Fernandes for the suspended Mark Noble and Andy Carroll for the injured Michail Antonio.
The Hammers started well, with Manuel Lanzini’s early free kick forcing PFA Young Player of the Year nominee Jordan Pickford into a a smart save. However three minutes later, there was nothing Pickford could do to stop West Ham’s opener- Sam Byram’s cross from the right fell to Andy Carroll, and while the lanky striker made a hash of his attempt at goal, it ended up at the feet of the unmarked Andre Ayew, who fired home from close range.
Sunderland fans were incensed at Andre Marriner- Victor Anichebe apparently appeared to have been fouled just moments before but Marriner remained unmoved and it was from the resulting play that Ayew scored.
Anichebe had a measure of revenge on 26 minutes. He stood in front of Randolph for Khazri’s corner, effectively preventing the keeper from reaching the ball. Neither Edimilson Fernandes nor James Collins thought it prudent to head the ball and with no defender at the far post, Khazri’s corner directly went in, thus breaking a seven game goal scoring drought for David Moyes’ side. [Read more…]
Former Hammer Dimitri Payet scored Marseille’s fourth and last goal in their 4-0 win over AS Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 over the weekend. It was also Payet’s fourth goal for OM this season. Florian Thauvin netted twice for Rudi Garcia’s side and also had a hand in Bafetimbi Gomis’ goal. [Read more…]
It wasn’t a pretty game of footy, but Cheikhou Kouyate’s first league goal of the season gave West Ham a priceless win on captain Mark Noble’s 400th appearance. The win was the Hammers’ first in eight games and put them eight points above the relegation zone with six to play.
Andy Carroll had scored five times in six games against Swansea in the lead up to this game, but Slaven Bilic opted to leave the lanky forward on the bench, with Andre Ayew, a former Swans player, chosen to lead the line and the trio of Lanzini, Antonio and Snodgrass picked to support the Ghanaian international.
Both teams, aware that a loss could drag them into the relegation dogfight [Read more…]
Mark Noble marked his 400th appearance for West Ham with a yellow card that will see him miss the club’s next two games against Sunderland (away) and Everton (home). Noble’s 39th minute foul on Swansea City’s Leroy Fer (a rather unnecessary one at that) saw him collect his 10th yellow of the season, which according to the current rules, earns him a two match ban.
The more frustrating fact- the league’s yellow card “amnesty” kicks in on the second Sunday of April (April 9, 2017 for this season), and if Noble had got through this game without being booked, he would’ve avoided the ban.
Noble’s foul came just seconds after Michail Antonio injured his hamstring, leading to the latter being stretchered off and replaced by Jonathan Calleri [Read more…]