Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham fare against Sarri’s Chelsea?

West Ham picked up a rather unlikely looking point at home over the weekend when they held Chelsea to a goalless stalemate at the London Stadium. Not only did the Hammers break Chelsea’s 100% league record, they also did it without conceding a goal– an indication that the players may be getting used to the systems put in place by new manager Manuel Pellegrini. Going into this clash, Chelsea were tied with Man City for most league goals scored this season, while West Ham had the second worst defensive record after Fulham.

Both teams had their chances and if the home side had the in-form Marko Arnautovic available to them, they might have even produced a repeat of last season’s upset.

We had a look at the player ratings from various media outlets and compiled them together. The Daily Express thought that Felipe Anderson only merited a 5, while Football.London thought that he was easily the Hammers’ best player on the afternoon, giving him a 9/10. The Daily Mail, somewhat bizarrely, forgot to rate Issa Diop! [Read more…]

West Ham v Chelsea predictions- What do the pundits say?

West Ham defied the odds by handing Everton their first league defeat of the season last weekend. This weekend they’re up against Chelsea- Maurizio Sarri’s men are one of only two teams in the league with a 100% record, the other being Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The Blues have however won only one of their last four games against the Hammers in all competitions and were beaten in the corresponding fixture at the London Stadium last season.

What do the pundits think about West Ham’s chances at the London Stadium this weekend?

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro, for the record, had tipped West Ham to beat Wolves in Round 4, and had also backed Everton to get the better of the Hammers in Round 5. [Read more…]

Everton 1-3 West Ham | 4-1-4-1 formation gives Pellegrini victory on 65th birthday

West Ham gave manager Manuel Pellegrini a fantastic birthday present as they beat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park to claim their first points of the season. The Hammers, who had lost their first four games, were under lots of pressure coming into this fixture. Chelsea and Man Utd were their next opponents after the Everton game, meaning a loss at Goodison could potentially see the club start the season with 7 defeats. Add to this their poor H2H record against Everton- the Toffees had won more Premier League games against West Ham than any other club, and the Hammers had only been victorious twice in their last 22 visits to Goodison Park. [Read more…]

Everton v West Ham Predictions- What do the pundits say?

The Premier League resumes after a two week international break and West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini will be desperately hoping for a change in fortunes. His side have lost their first four games of the season, and this clash, away at Goodison Park, is shaping up to be a very important one, with Chelsea and Manchester United their next opponents after the Toffees.

Everton have won more games against West Ham than any other opponent in the Premier League.

What did the pundits have to say about West Ham’s chances at Goodison Park? [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- West Ham v Wolves

West Ham slumped to their fourth straight league defeat of the new season as newly promoted Wolves came away from the London Stadium with all three points thanks to Adama Traore’s late winner. Despite the Hammers’ poor start to the season, few had expected Wolves to win on the road, with most pundits thinking that a draw was the best they could hope for.

West Ham made only one change from side that had lost to Arsenal, with Aaron Cresswell coming in at left back for the injured Arthur Masuaku. Cresswell, one could say, was partly at fault for Wolves’ goal, although more of the blame would probably lie at the feet of Carlos Sanchez, who got caught in possession in his own half after the home side decided to take a quick free kick.

Here is how various media outlets rated the Hammers [Read more…]

West Ham v Wolves H2H Premier League Stats- How many have WHUFC won?

Since the modern Premier League era began in 1992, West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers have only played each other four times in the top flight. These four games were during the 2009/10 and 2010/11 league seasons.

West Ham have won 2 games, with one game being won by Wolves and one ending in a draw.

15 August, 2009– Wolves 0-2 West Ham (Mark Noble 22, Matthew Upson 69)

23 March, 2010– West Ham 1-3 Wolves (Guillermo Franco 90/Kevin Doyle 27, Ronald Zubar 58, Matt Jarvis 61) [Read more…]

West Ham v Wolves Predictions- What do the pundits say?

After their midweek EFL Cup success against AFC Wimbledon, will West Ham be able to pick up their first points of the new Premier League season against Wolves? The Hammers were beaten by Unai Emery’s Arsenal last weekend while Wolves held defending champions Man City to a draw at Molineux.

West Ham are currently bottom table of the table while Wolves are in 14th place, having picked up two points from their first three games.

Here is what pundits had to say about this clash

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro says West Ham “have frightened him defensively”, [Read more…]

Declan Rice to England? Hammers star undecided over international future

West Ham youngster Declan Rice has been left out of the latest Republic of Ireland squad, with national manager Martin O’Neill informing that the 19 year old was yet to arrive on a decision regarding his international future. Rice has three caps for Ireland at senior level, but all of them came in friendlies, which means the option of changing allegiance to England still remains open to him.

O’Neill informed that “England had spoken to Rice” regarding a potential switch, and that he was giving the versatile midfielder some time to make up his mind.

Rice was born in London, but has represented Ireland at various junior levels. He started in West Ham’s opening game of the season against Liverpool, but was hooked at half time by Manuel Pellegrini, and hasn’t featured in the club’s next two games against Bournemouth and Arsenal.

Former Republic striker Kevin Kilbane had this to say on social media site Twitter.

I’d rather be ranked 150th in the world and never qualify again than have someone who has played, but needs time to THINK whether they should play for us again

Ireland squad for Nations League Game v Wales and Poland Friendly

This provisional squad, named by MON, interestingly, also has no place for Aiden McGeady and Glenn Whelan.

Goalkeepers: Colin Doyle (Hearts), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund), Kieran O’Hara (Macclesfield), Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolves), Shane Duffy (Brighton), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward (Burnley), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff)

Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston), Shaun Williams (Millwall), David Meyler (Reading), Harry Arter (Cardiff), Daryl Horgan (Hibernian), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)

Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Shane Long (Southampton), Graham Burke, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall)

Declan Rice

Media Player Ratings- How did the media rate West Ham’s performance against Arsenal?

This was always going to be a tough fixture- West Ham had lost more Premier League games to Arsenal than any other side, which meant that the Gunners were strong favourites coming into this Round 3 clash, despite themselves losing to Man City and Chelsea. All the pundits had backed Arsenal to win, and win they did, on the back of an impressive second half performance following the introductions of Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira into the game. [Read more…]