Injury hit Hammers to take on Leicester this weekend

Both West Ham and Leicester City will be looking for their first wins this month when they square off at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening. The Foxes, like the Hammers, are sitting in the bottom half of the table after losing 2-1 at home to Everton before the international break and 3-1 away at Arsenal in their first game after it on Monday evening.

The Hammers have a bit of an injury crisis for this one after Andriy Yarmolenko was ruled out for six months after rupturing his Achilles tendon in the 1-0 loss to Spurs over the weekend. The lanky Ukrainian was effectively West Ham’s first choice right winger in Pellegrini’s formation, and his absence could mean a move to the right wing for Robert Snodgrass, who has the technical skills but lacks pace, or Michail Antonio, who has pace and strength, but little to offer otherwise. [Read more…]

West Ham Attendances 2018-19 season | Olympic Stadium London Crowd Figures & Stats

Here is a look at West Ham’s attendance stats for home games at the London Stadium during the 2018/19 season. Includes both Premier League and Cup clashes. The Hammers currently have the fourth best average attendance in the league after Man Utd, Spurs and Arsenal. We did this feature in the 2017/18 season and are doing it again.

Vice-chairman Brady has admitted that the club could “consider purchasing” the stadium in her appearance before the London Assembly’s Budget and Performance Committee [Read more…]

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

West Ham beat Everton in their first game after the September international break and will be hoping for a similar result when they host Spurs after the October break on Saturday afternoon at the London Stadium. The Hammers are winless in their last five home games under Martin Atkinson, the ref for this clash, but did edge the Lilywhites the last time the 47 year old reffed a WHUFC-Spurs game.

How do the pundits reckon this game will pan out? Spurs are fifth in the table with 18 points from 8 games while West Ham are in 15th with 7 points from the same number of fixtures. [Read more…]

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

Like Brighton, this was a game West Ham should’ve at least drawn, if not won. They certainly created enough chances to take all three points, but Spurs walked away with the win at the end- the first time in nearly six decades that the Lilywhites have won five straight London derbies.

Both of West Ham’s changes for this game- Aaron Cresswell for Arthur Masuaku and Robert Snodgrass for Pedro Obiang, were injury enforced. Javier Hernandez made his first appearance since the Wolves game for the Hammers as a second half substitute and even managed to get the ball into the back of the net after some beautiful interplay with Marko Arnautovic, but it was disallowed for offside.

If Yarmolenko was poor against Brighton, his fellow winger Felipe Anderson had a game to forget this time around, with his reluctance to track back not helping left back Aaron Cresswell’s cause. He was culpable for the first goal- some poor defending that allowed Moussa Sissoko to set up Erik Lamela. It was a goal that should never have been conceded, and was Spurs’ first shot on target till then! And lest it not be forgotten, when West Ham were on the attack, Mark Noble was robbed of the ball in the move that eventually lead to Spurs’ goal. Yarmolenko was stretchered off towards the end of the first half and is now set for an extended spell on the sidelines, adding to Pellegrini’s headaches. [Read more…]

Did Pellegrini expect too much from Wilshere?

It could be said that Manuel Pellegrini has a bit of a blind spot when it comes to Jack Wilshere and, despite being cautioned about the 26-year-old’s injury prone record, the Chilean still offered him a three-year deal. According to various media reports, the board weren’t as sold on the idea and were only in favour of giving the former Arsenal man a one year contract but that didn’t stop them backing Pellegrini and allowing the West Ham manager to seal the deal by offering 36 months instead of 12.

Sadly, you don’t need a fortune teller when it comes to Jack Wilshere as the midfielder’s injury problems are well documented and a quick look back over the past ten years will show you that Wilshere could be considered a high-risk asset- [Read more…]

Lawro Tracker- Mark Lawrenson’s predictions for West Ham games v Actual Results- 2018/19 season

How has pundit Mark Lawrenson fared in regard to his weekly predictions for West Ham in the 2018/19 Premier League season? How many of his predictions have been right? We’ve created a special Lawro tracker to find out!

Lawro takes on a new celeb opponent every weekend. Here is the list of opponents he’s squared off against in this 18/19 season.

GW1: Joe Thomas
GW2: Tom Grennan
GW3: Idris Alba/Aml Ameen
GW4: Greg James
GW5: Mark Wahlberg
GW6: Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
GW7: Karl Pilkington
GW8: DJ Chris Stark [Read more…]

Throwback- What happened when Martin Atkinson last reffed a West Ham-Spurs game?

Martin Atkinson has been appointed as the referee for this weekend’s West Ham v Tottenham clash, and we did a feature on the club’s recent record under him.

Atkinson has reffed two West Ham v Spurs Premier League games since his appointment as a top flight official, and the last one was over eight years ago! It was at Upton Park, back in September 2010, and Avram Grant’s Hammers won the fixture 1-0, moving off the bottom of the table thanks to that victory over the Lilywhites, then managed by Harry Redknapp. French striker Frederic Piquionne scored the only goal of the GW6 clash in the 29th minute, assisted by Mark Noble.

Not surprisingly, given the cut throat nature of the Premier League, both teams have undergone wholesale changes since then, with Noble the only survivor from that fixture. [Read more…]

Referee appointed for Spurs clash- Hammers winless in last five home games under him!

Martin Atkinson has officially been appointed as the referee for West Ham’s first game after the international break, a tough London derby against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur. We take a look at the Hammers’ recent record under the 47 year old.

West Ham have not won in their last five home league games under Atkinson

Interestingly enough, the Hammers have not won in their last five Premier League games at home when Atkinson was the referee.

West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth (20 January, 2018)
West Ham 1-1 Leicester (24 November, 2017)
West Ham 0-3 Brighton (20 October, 2017)
West Ham 2-4 Watford (10 September, 2016)
West Ham 1-1 West Brom (29 November, 2015) [Read more…]

Hammers watch- How did West Ham’s players on international duty fare?

Several West Ham players were called up to their respective international sides during the fortnightly break following the Hammers’ loss to Brighton at the Amex.

Here, we take a look at how the players performed during the break (updated for games played till October 16, 2018)

Marko Arnautovic: Manuel Pellegrini would’ve probably preferred his talismanic striker to have had a much needed break to get over his niggles. But he played the full 90 for Austria on Friday night against Northern Ireland, and also scored the winner for Franco Foda’s side in Vienna.

Arnautovic did not play in Austria’s loss to Denmark on the 16th of October as part of a deal between the club and the Austrian FA to manage his knee injury. [Read more…]