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

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 14, 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.

Austria are also playing Denmark on the 16th. [Read more…]

Five Talking Points from Brighton v West Ham

What a bizarre weekend of football it was! Bayern, Real and Barcelona all failed to win, and so might have Manchester United, if it hadn’t been for that late comeback and a stoppage time winner from the much maligned Alexis Sanchez that saw them edge Newcastle.

Currently, Bayern, Real and Barcelona have not won in the last 10 league games combined between them! Real are even having problems scoring, and while Barca are drawing, their story might also have been different had Lionel Messi not been available for them.

Moving away from Bayern, Real and Barca, and back to West Ham, this was one very disappointing result. As Hammers fans though, must admit that some of us actually expected this. BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson, in his pre-game prediction, had gone for a Brighton win just because “it would be typical of West Ham to have a stumble just as they start to get back on their feet

This was a very winnable game- make no bones about it. If not a win, West Ham, as manager Manuel Pellegrini pointed out his post match interview, at least deserved a point. They had 65% of possession, made over 510 passes (in comparison to Brighton’s 280 odd). The home side had a passing accuracy of only 68%, and their only goal came from a horrible Hammers mistake, with Yarmolenko losing the ball in midfield and some very ordinary defending allowing Murray to score. [Read more…]

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

In his prediction for this game, BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson had said that it would be typical of West Ham “to have a stumble just as they start to get back on their feet“. They turned out to be pretty prophetic words, with Brighton claiming a win at the Amex last night thanks to Glen Murray’s first half goal.

Several Hammers were below par against the Seagulls- Arthur Masuaku, who ignored his defensive responsibilities when Murray got into the box for the first goal, was one. It appeared from replays that Issa Diop had clearly pointed to Masuaku to mark Murray, but for reasons best known to the left back, he chose not to, and the unmarked Murray gleefully scored what was to prove to be the winner for Chris Hughton’s side. Questions have always been asked about Masuaku’s defensive capabilities, and this display is only sure to add to those. [Read more…]

Brighton vs West Ham Predictions- What do the pundits say?

Brighton did the double over West Ham United in the 2017/18 season, with Jose Izquierdo scoring crackers in BOTH fixtures. The Hammers had different managers for their games against the Seagulls last season, with Slaven Bilic in charge when they lost 3-0 at home in October, and David Moyes in the hot seat when they were beaten 3-1 on the South Coast in February. Today Brighton boss Chris Hughton will be up against a third different West Ham manager, with Manuel Pellegrini taking his charges to the Amex for this Friday night clash. [Read more…]

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 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…]

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