Diop & Antonio among West Ham players named in Premier League Team of the Week for Round 36

It’s been a while since we saw a West Ham player in one of these lists- perhaps not surprising given the club’s indifferent form over the last few weeks. However the Hammers’ shock 1-0 win over Spurs on Saturday afternoon, which made them the first team to win at the new Tottenham Stadium, saw a number of strong performances, and several players have been rewarded with spots in the Team of the Week for GW36.

There’s a West Ham player in virtually every pundit’s Team of the Week bar Robbie Savage’s. Issa Diop, who was re-united with Fabian Balbuena in the centre of defence, and Michail Antonio, who scored the winner, were the most prominent ones, but there was room for a few other players as well.

Sol Bamba Team of the Week for Round 36 (Sky)

Bamba’s team of the week had a spot for Michail Antonio [Read more…]

Diop and Balbuena re-united, First team to win at New Spurs Stadium & More- Talking Points from Tottenham v West Ham

West Ham became the first visiting team to win at the new Spurs stadium as they secured their first away league triumph of 2019 on Saturday afternoon. Michail Antonio’s fine finish midway through the second half gave the Hammers all three points against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Here are our talking points from the game.

Balbuena and Diop re-united: After a long time, Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop together played as a central defensive pair. The pairing between the Paraguayan and the young French star has been one of the bright points of West Ham’s season, and they were fantastic today as the Hammers secured a rare clean sheet. Balbuena denied Vincent Janssen a late equaliser with his clearance off the line, while Diop almost scored a great individual goal, striding from his own half into the opposition box, but was denied by Lloris.

Angelo Ogbonna has his moments, but tends to be inconsistent. Balbuena and Diop are clearly the way forward.

First away team to win at the New Spurs stadium: West Ham became the first away team to win at the new Spurs stadium, and Antonio’s goal was the first the Lilywhites have conceded at this ground. Nice little pub trivia stat in favour of the Hammers, who were also the first team to win against Arsenal at the Emirates.

All the more remarkable given that the Hammers had taken just one point from 8 league games on the road prior to this clash. [Read more…]

Tottenham vs West Ham Predictions- What do the pundits think of the Hammers’ chances?

West Ham will be looking to become the first team to take points off Tottenham Hotspur at their new stadium when the two teams do battle on Saturday afternoon. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will have one eye on their upcoming Champions League semi-final against Ajax, but will also be aware that a loss here could give their rivals renewed hope in the top four race. The third place Lilywhites hold a three point advantage over fourth place Chelsea, who will be squaring off against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd this weekend.

The Hammers lost the reverse fixture earlier this season, although Spurs could perhaps count themselves lucky to emerge with all three points on that occasion.

Let’s take a look at what the pundits have to say about this GW36 clash.

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro notes that the midweek results worked out perfectly for Spurs- they beat Brighton while United and Arsenal both lost. Feels West Ham “carry a threat but are inconsistent” and backs Mauricio Pochettino’s men to win 2-1. [Read more…]

VAR cannot come soon enough, a left footed assist from Nobes and more- Talking Points from West Ham 2-2 Leicester

West Ham’s penultimate home game of the 2018/19 Premier League season saw Manuel Pellegrini’s side draw 2-2 with Leicester. In front of their second biggest crowd of the season, the Hammers took the lead twice, only for the Foxes to come from behind on both occasions and take home a point.

Here are our talking points from the game

VAR cannot come soon enough: If it was Felipe Anderson’s disallowed goal against Manchester United last week, this time it was Lucas Perez’s turn. Just before Harvey Barnes’ equaliser, Perez had the ball in the back of the net, but 3-1 remained 2-1 as the linesman had his flag up. Both decisions that would’ve gone in West Ham’s favour with VAR present and given how the games panned out, potentially six points to Pellegrini’s men instead of the single they eventually had to be content with. [Read more…]

West Ham win hearts, but not points- Manchester United 2-1 WHUFC Post Match Analysis & Talking Points

West Ham put in one of their best away performances of the season but still ended up on the wrong side of the scoreline as Manchester United prevailed 2-1 at Old Trafford thanks to a pair of penalties from Paul Pogba. Here are our talking points from the game.

West Ham won hearts, but not points: Going into the game, no one expected Manchester United, even if they rested several first team regulars, to be really troubled by West Ham. The Hammers had been awful (to put it mildly!) on the road in the lead up to this game, and had scored only one goal in their last seven away games in the league.

Instead the Hammers dominated possession, had more passes (519 to United’s 373), shots and touches of the ball, and a whopping 11 corners in comparison to United’s three.

If they had VAR and a little more luck, they might’ve even been able to register their first league double over the Red Devils since the 2006/07 season. As it transpired, two soft moments of defending lead to their downfall, and United- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted as much after the game, were lucky to take all three points.

Manuel Lanzini went off injured at the wrong time: The little Argentine will be the first to tell you that he’s not been at his best since returning from injury. Given his long layoff, that’s perhaps understandable. He started on the left side of Pellegrini’s 4-2-3-1 formation at Old Trafford, with Felipe Anderson taking the right. Lanzini was instrumental in West Ham’s equaliser, and just as he was beginning to get into the game, he had to be taken off. It robbed the Hammers of some of their momentum and a player who could’ve been key to unlocking the United defence. [Read more…]