Easiest win of the season for West Ham, Norwich relegated, All five subs used, first away win for Moyes & more- Talking Points from NCFC 0-4 West Ham

Norwich City were officially relegated as West Ham put four past them at Carrow Road earlier this afternoon. The 4-0 win for the Hammers, plus the 2-0 victory over the Canaries at the London Stadium earlier this season saw them complete a league double over Daniel Farke’s men- their first one over Norwich since 1973.

Manager David Moyes made only one change from the side that had lost 1-0 to Burnley, with skipper Mark Noble returning to take his spot in the starting lineup. Here are our talking points from the game.

Easiest league win of the season for West Ham: This was perhaps West Ham’s easiest league win of the 19/20 campaign so far. Norwich were abysmal- a side resigned to their fate, and much of the game, the second half in particular, resembled a training ground exercise for West Ham. Michail Antonio looked like prime Messi and scored four goals in the fixture- the only West Ham player to do so in the modern Premier League era. Antonio was also the first WHUFC player to score a hat trick since Andy Carroll four years ago. [Read more…]

First start of the year for Yarmolenko, Burnley double over Hammers for the first time in 73 years & More- Talking Points from West Ham 0-1 Burnley

West Ham’ inconsistent run continued as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley. Chris Wood, the Hammers’ chief tormentor in recent years, wasn’t even required as a goal off the shoulder of Jay Rodriguez gave the Clarets all three points at the London Stadium.

Here are our talking points from the fixture.

Burnley do a rare league double over West Ham: This was Burnley’s first league double over the Hammers in 73 years. They had beaten West Ham 3-0 at Turf Moor earlier this season, and this 1-0 win saw them complete a rare league double over their rivals.

The Clarets have now won four of their last five games against the Hammers, and seem to have become a bit of a hoodoo side for them.

starting lineup v burnley

Yarmolenko’s first start of the year: Andriy Yarmolenko’s performances against Chelsea and Newcastle, coupled with poor form from the likes of Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson saw David Moyes give the Ukrainian his first start of the calendar year alongside Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen in a 4-2-3-1. We thought it would be with Fornals in the centre- the Spaniard has appeared isolated on the wing at times, but it was originally with Bowen in the centre, Fornals on the left and Yarmolenko on the right. [Read more…]

Felipe Anderson disappointing, Adama Traore the punisher, Rice at CB & More- Talking Points from West Ham v Wolves

West Ham’s disappointing season continued as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday evening. A rare recent defeat for the Hammers under Anthony Taylor, and a fourth consecutive win against WHUFC for Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo (with a combined 8-0 scoreline in favour of the Midlands outfit). An even more disappointing result given that fellow strugglers Brighton and Watford both managed to pick up something from their games against Arsenal and Leicester respectively.

Here is a look at the talking points from the game.

Woeful Felipe Anderson: It was another disappointing day at the office for West Ham’s star Brazilian, as has unfortunately been the case for most of this season. He was expected to be the Hammers’ key attacking threat, but did little of note, and was subbed off midway through the second half for Manuel Lanzini.

There was one occasion early in the first half when West Ham had a promising opportunity on the counter after a Wolves corner. Anderson found himself on a 1 on 1 with Ruben Neves on the wing, and you would’ve backed an in-form version of the Brazilian to get past Neves. Instead the latter comfortably nicked the ball off him, and put in a delightful diagonal that very nearly resulted in Wolves scoring at the other end.

There’s even a video circulating on social media of Anderson missing an attempt from point blank range during the warm up- perhaps a sign of what was to come during the actual game. A fit and firing Anderson would greatly aid West Ham’s quest for survival, but he’s gone missing too many times this season.

Traore the punisher: Adama Traore had scored the winner in the corresponding fixture last season and he was again West Ham’s tormentor-in-chief here.

While Wolves was the better side, their dominance didn’t show on the scoreline until Traore was unleashed off the bench. He was a constant menace down the right wing, brushing off opposition players as if they weren’t there, and causing all kinds of problems with his pace and strength. It was a delightful Traore cross that lead to Diogo Jota scoring the opener. [Read more…]

West Ham vs Wolves Predictions- Pundits give their predicted scorelines for first Hammers game after Covid-19 break

West Ham will play their first Premier League game after the Coronavirus enforced break when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers this evening. The Hammers will be looking to create some distance between themselves and the drop zone, while the visitors will go level on points with 5th placed Manchester United should they win at the London Stadium.

West Ham might be a tad more comfortable with the referee for this game than Wolves, given both sides’ recent records under him.

Here is a look at what the pundits have to predict for this game.

Mark Lawrenson: At the BBC, Lawro says that “there’s often a negative vibe at the London Stadium” and thinks that the lack of fans might actually help the Hammers. He also adds that West Ham “are better than their position in the table suggests” and has backed them to win this 1-0. [Read more…]

Smash & grab win for Gunners, Haller & Antonio squander chances & more- Talking Points from Arsenal 1-0 West Ham

Alexandre Lacazette’s second half goal, given after a lengthy VAR check, saw Arsenal edge West Ham 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in Game Week 29. With Watford and Bournemouth both losing and Brighton drawing, the Hammers could’ve potentially gone as high as 14th with a win against the Gunners, but their poor record at the Emirates continued as they slumped to defeat despite a strong performance.

Here are our talking points from the game.

Smash and grab win for Arsenal: Arsenal had nearly 70% of the ball, but they were very ordinary here. The quality of West Ham’s chances were far superior, and the visitors had six shots on target as opposed to the Gunners’ two.

The Arsenal goal also had an element of luck- Aubameyang’s pass took a wicked deflection off Declan Rice and it wrong-footed the Hammers defence before falling to Mesut Ozil, who chested the ball down to Lacazette to slot home from close range. It was also Ozil’s first open play assist in more than a year!

Hammers squander chances: As mentioned above, West Ham created several clear cut chances. They had a 2 on 1 in the 10th minute, with Michail Antonio and Sebastien Haller against David Luiz, but the French striker overran the ball. Another chance in the 18th minute saw Haller in a promising one on one with Bernd Leno, but the former’s first touch let him down. A third opportunity saw Diop’s header from a corner land at the feet of Antonio, but the striker inexplicably missed from point blank range. A fourth saw Antonio get a free header, but it was again squandered. [Read more…]