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…]

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…]