West Ham’s conquerors Wigan stun Man City in FA Cup

Losing 2-0 to Wigan suddenly doesn’t appear that bad! The Latics, who beat West Ham in the fourth round, stunned in form Man City 1-0 at the DW to book a last eight clash against Southampton. Saints could become Wigan’s fourth Premier League scalp (after AFCB, WHUFC and MCFC) in this season’s FA Cup campaign if they go down to Paul Cook’s League One side in March. [Read more…]

Ex Hammer Watch- Diafra Sakho scores two goals v Caen for Rennes

Former West Ham striker Diafra Sakho seems to have settled quite well back in France and scored his first league goals (to add to his Coupe de la Ligue effort) for Stade Rennais against Caen over the weekend. The game was quite an eventful one, featuring a brace from Sakho, two missed penalties from Caen, a late equaliser from the home side and Swiss officials in the middle and running the sidelines for this fixture, as part of a swap deal between the Swiss and the French Football Federations. [Read more…]

Festive season period under Moyes- a look back

West Ham had a torrid (mildly put!) start to the 2017/18 season and replaced Slaven Bilic with David Moyes at the beginning of November 2017 on a six-month contract to salvage their season. The Hammers have been in the PL since 2011/12 and will be hoping for Moyes to preserve their top flight status for a seventh consecutive season. The festive season is often a decisive period for most clubs, with the crammed fixture list testing the squad depth of most teams and injuries taking their toll. [Read more…]

Hammers bounce back to take three points against Watford

West Ham made amends for their second half horror show on the Sussex coast last weekend as they beat Watford in this crunch league clash at the London Stadium. The win, secured due to goals from Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic was the Hammers’ first home one over an opponent above them in the league standings since their famous triumph over Antonio Conte’s Chelsea earlier in the season.

Hammers boss David Moyes made two personnel (and several positional) changes from the side that had lost to Brighton. In came the talismanic Marko Arnautovic, sporting a new hairdo, and the pacy Michail Antonio and out went youngsters Declan Rice and Sam Byram. [Read more…]

Hammers confirm Evra signing- former United defender to wear No.27 jersey

West Ham United have officially confirmed the signing of Patrice Evra on a free transfer. The French defender has inked a short term deal that will keep him at the London Stadium till the end of the 2017/18 seasn. He is expected to compete for a spot along with Aaron Cresswell, who has been employed both as part of a flat back three and as left wing back, and the suspended Arthur Masuaku, who will miss the next four games owing to his ban for spitting at Nick Powell.

The move reunites Evra with David Moyes, his former manager at Manchester United, although the move will come as a surprise to some given that the two didn’t exactly part on happy terms.

The 36 year old Evra was a free agent after having had his contract terminated by French club Marseille in November for an altercation with a fan. His actions also earned him a UEFA ban, but that does not affect his participation in domestic competitions like the Premier League. [Read more…]

From Lawro to Merson to Owen- Pundit predictions for Brighton v West Ham

Brighton will be looking to do a league double over West Ham when they take on the Hammers at the AMEX Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Seagulls, winless in 2018 in the league, beat Slaven Bilic’s side 3-0 in the reverse fixture at the London Stadium earlier this season. However the visitors, now managed by David Moyes, became the first West Ham side since 1974 to go the first five games of the calendar year unbeaten after their 1-1 draw in midweek against Palace.

How do the pundits think Brighton v West Ham will finish?

Mark Lawrenson at the BBC reckons Brighton will take this game 2-1 and pick up their first league win of the year. His celebrity opponents for this week, Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, have however tipped the Hammers to win 1-0 and join Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City in the small list of teams to have triumphed at the Amex in the Premier League this season. [Read more…]