No Arnie, No Party- Five talking points from Bournemouth v West Ham

West Ham fell to a disappointing defeat at the Vitality Stadium as Bournemouth completed a league double over them with a 2-0 win earlier today. Both goals came in the second half, one a fantastic volley from the boot of Callum Wilson and other in stoppage time from Joshua King.

Let’s take a look at our talking points from this game.

No Arnie, No Party: It’s obvious that West Ham are a better side with Marko Arnautovic in the starting XI. However the striker’s head appears to have been turned by an offer from China, and he wasn’t even in the squad for today’s fixture.

The likes of Felipe Anderson and Samir Nasri had some good attacking moments, and those might have amounted to more, if the Hammers had Arnautovic in the final third of the pitch instead of Andy Carroll. [Read more…]

Superb Declan, Fantastic Nasri and Was that a goodbye from Arnie?- 5 Talking Points from West Ham v Arsenal

West Ham claimed their first home victory over West Ham since November 2006 as Declan Rice’s 48th minute goal, his first ever senior one for the club, helped them beat Unai Emery’s side 1-0. It was a fantastic achievement for the Hammers, who had won only one of their previous 23 games against the Gunners, and also made the 50th Premier League game at the London Stadium a memorable one.

Here are our talking points from the game

Superb Declan: Declan Rice gave another example of why he could become the next best defensive midfielder in the Premier League. Timely interceptions to thwart several Arsenal attacks, fantastic tackles, great strength on the ball, and a superb finish for the goal- it was a brilliant game for the teenager (only 2 days short of his 20th birthday!), and a very well deserved Man of the Match award for him. That shot of Rice hugging Mark Noble at the end is something that will remain etched in many a Hammers supporter’s mind for a long, long time.

Fantastic Nasri: Many fans, us included, were somewhat doubtful when Pellegrini signed Samir Nasri. On the evidence of this performance, it’s a fantastic one. The 31 year old was excellent for someone out of the game for 18 months- pressing hard, some nice interplay on the edge of the box between Anderson, Arnautovic and him, and providing an edge in attack that West Ham have sorely missed due to the absence of Manuel Lanzini. Despite his high work rate, Pellegri mentioned in the post match interview that Nasri could’ve played longer (he was subbed off), and that was a compliment to the Frenchman. Also provided the assist for Declan Rice’s winner. [Read more…]

West Ham v Arsenal Predictions- How do the pundits reckon the Hammers will fare against Unai Emery’s men

GW 22’s first game after the FA Cup weekend sees West Ham host Arsenal at the London Stadium. The Hammers last suffered defeat nearly two and a half years ago under the referee for this game, Jonathan Moss, but haven’t beaten the Gunners at home since 2006.

West Ham can be difficult to beat when they raise their game, as the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United will testify. Arsenal have a shaky back four and ship in quite a few goals when on the road (4th worst away defence in the league). The Hammers will certainly fancy their chances, but is Marko Arnautovic’s head in the right place? There has been talk of the Austrian wanting a move to China, but the Hammers have publicly announced that their star striker is not for sale. Fabian Balbuena is not also available for the home side, which is a big blow to their hopes, given the Paraguayan’s great form this season.

Let’s take a look at what various pundits think of the Hammers’ chances later today against the Gunners [Read more…]

Referee for West Ham-Arsenal game announced, Hammers unbeaten for over two years under him

The referee for West Ham’s Premier League clash against Arsenal this weekend has been announced as Jonathan Moss. The 48 year old will be assisted by Marc Perry and Andy Halliday at the London Stadium with Stuart Attwell set to be the fourth official.

West Ham’s recent home record against Arsenal is quite poor- the last time they managed to get the better of the Gunners on home soil in any competition was back in November 2006. Since then, Arsenal have been unbeaten in 11 away games, and can make it 12 in a row if they complete a double over Pellegrini’s men on Saturday. [Read more…]

West Ham 2-2 Brighton | Super Subs rescue point for Hammers against Seagulls

West Ham picked up their first ever Premier League point against Brighton as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Chris Houghton’s men at the London Stadium.

Despite losses to Watford and Burnley, December had still been a very productive month for the Hammers- only league leaders Liverpool took more points than them in that period, and the 15 points Manuel Pellegrini’s men picked up was more than the 12 they had in the previous four months put together.

The Hammers were looking for a win to start off the New Year against Brighton, a team that had won all three Premier League clashes between the two sides before this clash. Pellegrini made three chances to his side- bringing in Pablo Zabaleta in defence, Pedro Obiang in the middle of the park, and Andy Carroll upfront to partner Marko Arnautovic. New signing Samir Nasri was on the bench. [Read more…]

West Ham v Brighton predictions- How do the pundits reckon the Hammers will fare in their first game of 2019?

The London Stadium’s first game of the year, with its new, enhanced 60,000 capacity, sees West Ham United host Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday evening. The fixture could also mark Samir Nasri’s West Ham debut after he inked a short team deal till the end of the season. Pablo Zabaleta is also likely to return from illness to shore up a back four that looked poor against Burnley.

Brighton are winless in their last five games under the referee for this game, Chris Kavanagh. The Seagulls however did beat West Ham at home earlier this season (the Glenn Murray goal and some shocking defending from Arthur Masuaku), and will be looking to complete a league double over them.

West Ham had their best ever Premier League month in terms of points in December, picking up 15 from a possible 21. After a flat performance against Burnley, the Hammers will be looking to pull up their socks against the Seagulls.

Let’s take a look at what the pundits are predicting for this GW21 clash [Read more…]

West Ham vs Brighton Referee Watch- Seagulls winless in last five under him

The referee for West Ham’s first home game of 2019 has been announced, with Chris Kavanagh set to be the man in the middle when Manuel Pellegrini’s side host Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday evening. The fixture will be also be the Hammers’ first at the London Stadium after its capacity was officially increased to 60,000.

The Seagulls go into this on the game on the back of two highly encouraging results over the festive period- a 1-1 draw against Arsenal and a 1-0 win over Everton, both coming at the Amex Stadium. [Read more…]

Five Talking Points from Burnley v West Ham- Hammers slump to disappointing defeat

Goals from Chris Wood and teenager Dwight McNeil saw West Ham slump to defeat to struggling Burnley at Turf Moor. It was a poor end to the year for the Hammers, who looked flat and were defensively all over the place.

Manuel Pellegrini made two changes to the side that had beaten Southampton, with Marko Arnautovic coming upfront and Mark Noble returning in midfield. For Burnley, inspirational skipper Tom Heaton returned to start a Premier League game for the Clarets for the first time since September 2017, with former Hammer Joe Hart on the bench for Sean Dyche’s side. [Read more…]

Burnley v West Ham predictions- How do the pundits reckon the Hammers will fare against Sean Dyche’s men?

West Ham will look to finish December on a winning note when they travel to Turf Moor to take on Sean Dyche’s Burnley on Sunday afternoon. The Hammers have already had their best ever month in Premier League history, picking up an unprecedented fifteen points in December. Another three points against the Clarets will see them create another club record and potentially a Manager of the Month nomination for Manuel Pellegrini.

With Saturday’s results seeing Everton and Leicester both being upset and Watford drawing, West Ham will jump to 7th in the table if they win against Burnley. That’s a pretty big incentive, and would cap an almost perfect end to the year for Pellegrini after the club’s horror start to the season (they lost their first four league games) [Read more…]

Referee for Burnley v West Ham game announced- Will ref Hammers for the first ever time

The referee for West Ham’s league clash away at Burnley on Sunday afternoon has been announced, and it is David Coote, who was officially promoted to the Premier League’s list of referees this season.

Coote has been in charge of only five top flight PL fixtures so far, and is yet to referee a competitive game involving West Ham.

Coote, whose father played cricket for Nottinghamshire, has however already refereed a Premier League game involving Burnley. That was the Clarets’ 4-2 loss away at fellow strugglers Fulham in GW3. Prior to that fixture, Burnley had been unbeaten in five games with Coote in charge. [Read more…]

Southampton v West Ham predictions- How do the pundits reckon the Hammers will fare against Hasenhuttl’s men?

Thursday’s solitary Premier League fixture sees West Ham travel to the South Coast to take on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton at St.Mary’s. Under their new Austrian manager, Saints have managed to register back to back wins over Huddersfield and Arsenal and will be full of confidence against a West Ham side who will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing defeat at home to Watford last weekend.

Saints have a good home league record against the Hammers- they’ve only lost in the previous nine times they’ve hosted the Hammers, although the visitors can also claim to have a similarly good record under the referee for this game, Craig Pawson. [Read more…]

Referee announced for Southampton v West Ham game | Hammers have lost only one of last nine under him!

The referee for West Ham’s trip to St.Mary’s on Wednesday evening has been announced, with Craig Pawson set to be the man in the middle when Manuel Pellegrini and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men square off on the South Coast. Saints are looking for a third straight league win unde their new manager after victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield, while West Ham will be looking to bounce back from their weekend setback against Watford. [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare in the defeat against Watford?

West Ham’s ambitions of claiming a fifth victory on the bounce were dashed by Javi Gracia’s Watford, who upset the Hammers 2-0 at the London Stadium. Most pundits had expected Manuel Pellegrini’s side to continue their winning run going at home, especially against a Watford side that had won only twice in 20 on the road prior to this game, but goals from Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu condemned the Hammers to their first defeat of the month.

West Ham were unchanged from the side that had beaten Fulham while Watford made only one change, bringing back Etienne Capoue from suspension in place of former West Ham youngster Domingos Quina. [Read more…]

West Ham 0-2 Watford Match Report- Hornets break Hammers’ four game winning run

On paper, this was a battle between two pretty equal teams. Both were neck and neck in the league standings, and their managers- Manuel Pellegrini and Javi Gracia, once coached together at Villarreal. And it was a pretty even clash that could’ve probably gone either way, but eventually saw Watford come away with all three points in front of 56,833 fans at the London Stadium. [Read more…]

Lee Mason Hoodoo continues, Lawro gets prediction right & more- Five Talking points from West Ham v Watford

West Ham’s hopes of a fifth straight league win were dashed on Saturday afternoon by Watford, with Javi Gracia’s team emerging with all three points from the London Stadium. In what was a very physical game, the Hornets’ goals came through Troy Deeney (pen) and Gerard Deulofeu. West Ham certainly had their chances, but didn’t take them, unlike last weekend’s game against Fulham. Watford could’ve scored more but for the brilliance of Lukasz Fabianski, who probably didn’t deserve to be on the receiving end of a 2-0 scoreline.

West Ham’s recent bad run under Lee Mason continues

When Mason was appointed as the ref for this GW18 clash, we had noted that the Hammers had lost their last four in the league under him. 4 consecutive losses became 5 as the Hornets came away with a 2-0 win.

Mark Lawrenson gets his prediction right!

Among the pre-match pundit predictions for this game, Lawro was the only one who went against the grain and predicted a Watford win. He had tipped Fulham to win last weekend, and again chose to back West Ham’s opponents for this game. Not only did Watford win, they also won by the exact same scoreline that Lawro had predicted- 2-0!

This is Lawro’s second “perfect” score this season (result + correct scoreline) after the Huddersfield game.

West Ham v Watford in the Premier League doesn’t end in a draw when the Hammers are the home side

The 11 previous top flight games at West Ham between the two sides had always produced a victor, and this one was no different.

Five of the last six games (one being a draw at Watford) between the two sides had seen the victor triumph by a two goal margin. This also ended in a two goal victory.

Few would’ve expected Man City (to Palace), Chelsea (to Leicester), and West Ham (to Watford) to lose at home on the same weekend, but GW18 has been full of surprising results.

Defeat for Declan Rice in his 50th Hammers appearance and Chicha misses out on 50 league goals

Declan Rice’s 50th Hammers appearance ended in defeat. He was also perhaps a tad below his usual standards today (but we hold the lad to really high standards given his previous performances!)

Javier Hernandez is still looking for this 50th Premier League goal, and had at least three chances to do so today, including one sitter. However none of them were converted, and Chicharito’s wait continues.

Let’s hope Fabian Balbuena’s injury isn’t too bad

Fabian Balbuena was forced to limp off with a knee injury that he suffered while conceding the first half penalty that Deeney converted. The Paraguayan’s defensive partnership with Issa Diop has been one of the highlights of West Ham’s season and fans must be praying that his injury isn’t serious.

CB is an area where the Hammers lack depth- Angelo Ogbonna can fill in, as he did today, but after him, it looks very thin. Cresswell played as part of a three man defence last season- is he good enough for a role in a two man defence? The other option would be to shift Rice, who has been excellent in midfield, to CB. With a busy and important run of fixtures coming up, West Ham need Balbuena to be fit.

West Ham v Watford predictions- How do the pundits think the Hammers will fare this weekend?

West Ham will be aiming to win five straight league games for the first time since 2006 when they host Watford at the London Stadium this weekend. However the Hammers have a poor recent record under the referee for this game (Lee Mason), having lost their last four when he was in charge.

Watford come into this game on the back of a 3-2 win over Cardiff, a fixture that saw three beautiful goals from the Hornets, including one from Domingos Quina, who moved to Vicarage Road from the London Stadium earlier this summer. However Javia Gracia’s men have won only 2 of their last 20 league games on the road.

None of West Ham’s 11 previous home games against the Hornets in the top flight have ended in a draw.

What do the pundits have to say about the home side’s chances of making it five wins in a row? Let’s take a look. [Read more…]

Referee announced for Watford game- West Ham have lost last four under him!

West Ham will be looking to claim their fifth win on the bounce when they host Watford this weekend. To win five in a row, the Hammers will have to reverse a losing trend under the referee for this game- Lee Mason, who will be in charge of this fixture at the London Stadium.

West Ham have lost their last four games with him in the middle- two at home and two on the road.

Arsenal 4-1 West Ham (22 April 2018)- 2017/18 Premier League season
West Ham 0-3 Burnley (10 March, 2018)- 2017/18 Premier League season
West Ham 2-3 Newcastle (23 Dec, 2017)- 2017/18 Premier League season
Southampton 3-2 West Ham (19 August, 2017)- 2017/18 Premier League season

In all four of these games, the opposition scored three or more goals. [Read more…]

Fabian Balbuena and Felipe Anderson named in Premier League Team of the Week for GW17

West Ham picked up a 2-0 win over Fulham over the weekend, rising to 9th in the table by virtue of their victory over Claudio Ranieri’s side. The Hammers, as mentioned by manager Manuel Pellegrini after the game, didn’t create too many chances, but were clinical with the few that they created.

While the likes of Garth Crooks (BBC) and Danny Mills (Sky) didn’t have any West Ham players in their TOTW, Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Savage thought a couple of Hammers did merit representation in their team. [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare against the Cottagers?

West Ham continued their good run of form with a 2-0 win away at Craven Cottage against Fulham on Saturday evening. The victory, the Hammers’ fourth in a row, took them to 9th spot in the league, just two adrift of sixth place Manchester United.

Robert Snodgrass, having scored his first league goal for the club last weekend against Palace, curled in a beauty on 14 minutes to put the visitors ahead after a three pass sequence had effectively torn Fulham apart, while Michail Antonio took advantage of some non existent marking to double their advantage in the 29th minute.

Pellegrini made only one change to the side that had beaten Palace, with Antonio coming into the XI to partner Javier Hernandez after Lucas Perez’s foot injury had ruled the Spaniard out. [Read more…]

Super Fab, Will 4-4-2 continue and more- Five Talking Points from Fulham v West Ham

West Ham claimed their fourth straight Premier League win as they beat bottom of the table Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage. The victory was secured thanks to first half goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio, with Fulham awful in defence and lacklustre going forward despite having more of the ball in the second half.

Let’s take a look at our talking points from this game! [Read more…]

Fulham 0-2 West Ham Match Report | Abject Cottagers defending hands Hammers fourth straight win

New Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has massive, massive problems. His side created far more chances (16 shots to West Ham’s 6), but were let down by two horror moments of first half defending. West Ham didn’t have too many chances, but as Manuel Pellegrini remarked after the game, clinically took the ones they had. It’s the hallmark of a good team, and the Hammers moved into the top ten with a 2-0 win at Craven Cottage- their fourth straight victory on the bounce.

Pellegrini made only one change, bringing in Michail Antonio upfront for the injured Lucas Perez. Fulham had Andre Frank Anguissa suspended and Ryan Sessegnon injured, and Ranieri brought in Calum Chambers and Aboubakar Kamara into the starting lineup. The Italian chose to keep faith with the same backline that had struggled against Man Utd, which in hindsight, proved to be a terrible decision. He could’ve played Christie at right back instead of Odoi, who had a torrid evening against the in-form Felipe Anderson. [Read more…]

Fulham v West Ham Predictions- How do the pundits think the Hammers will fare this weekend?

West Ham will lock horns against Fulham in the Premier League for the first time in nearly five years when the two sides meet at Craven Cottage this weekend. The last meeting between the two sides, on New Year’s day in the 2013/14 season, went 2-1 in favour of the Cottagers.

Manuel Pellegrini has announced that Jack Wishere will again miss out owing to injury and that Lucas Perez, who was subbed off at half time against Palace, is also doubtful.

If Perez doesn’t recover in time, a lot will depend on Hernandez and Andy Carroll upfront. There’s also a chance fans may get to see young Xande Silva in action.

With the Hammers looking for their fourth league win in a row, let’s see what the pundits feel about their chances. [Read more…]

Throwback Thursday- How did the last Fulham vs West Ham meeting in the Premier League go?

Fulham and West Ham will meet in the Premier League after a gap of nearly five years when they lock horns at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon. The Hammers will be aiming to make it four league wins in a row, while the struggling bottom of the table Cottagers will be looking to continue their recent improvement under new manager Claudio Ranieri.

For the last Premier League meeting between the two sides, one has to go all the way back to New Year’s Day in the 2013/14 season. The 25,335 strong crowd at Craven Cottage saw the home side come from behind to register a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Steve Sidwell and Dimitar Berbatov. West Ham had taken the lead through Mohamed Diame’s 7th minute (from a Jaaskelainen assist!), but suffered twin blows before the interval- with Mark Noble injured and having to be replaced by Razvan Rat, and Kevin Nolan getting himself sent off in the 44th minute.

Noble, who signed a contract extension till 2021 yesterday, is the only surviving Hammers player from the starting XI that day- Adrian was also in the squad, but an unused substitute. Fulham were coached by Rene Meulensteen, with Big Sam in charge of affairs at Upton Park.

After the game Allardyce criticised Nolan, who had seen red less than a month ago for his foul on Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson. [Read more…]

What if the Premier League started in Week 5? West Ham ahead of Man Utd in the table if you remove first four losses!

West Ham, as we all know, had a horror start to the 2018/19 Premier League season under new manager Manuel Pellegrini, losing their first four league games of the campaign. They were beaten 4-0 by Liverpool on the opening weekend, then went down 2-1 to Bournemouth at home, were impressive but lost to Unai Emery’s Arsenal at the Emirates, and finally conceded a late goal to Adama Traore as Wolves emerged 1-0 victors at the London Stadium.

Since then, Chilean gaffer Pellegrini has managed to turn things around a bit, even though the club have had their spells of inconsistency. Despite several first team members missing through injury (Lanzini, Arnautovic, Sanchez, Wilshere, Yarmolenko and Fredericks to name a few!), the Hammers have managed to come up with a three game winning streak ahead of this weekend’s fixture against Fulham. They’ve also always given a good account of themselves against the “big teams” this season- drawing against Chelsea, beating Man Utd, and narrowly losing to Spurs. They also had their chances against Man City, whom Pep Guardiola described as “lucky” to have beaten the Hammers.

We decided to take a look at the league table if it began in GW5, excluding the first four losses of the campaign. Some interesting findings! [Read more…]