Yarmolenko excellent, Wilshere not so much, Roberto’s league debut & more- Five Talking Points from Bournemouth 2-2 West Ham

West Ham extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to six games as they drew 2-2 with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. A draw was probably a fair result for both sides after an enthralling afternoon of play on the South Coast. Here are our talking points from the game.

Andriy Yarmolenko excellent: We thought Andriy Yarmolenko was good last week against United, but he was even better today against Bournemouth. Scored a fine opening goal- almost a replica of his strike against United from last week, and played a key part in Aaron Cresswell’s equaliser. His interplay with Sebastien Haller was fantastic to watch and he gave Cherries left back Diego Rico a torrid afternoon.

The Ukrainian didn’t shy away from his defensive duties either, regularly helping Ryan Fredericks on the right wing. All in all, a very fine afternoon of work from him [Read more…]

Bournemouth vs West Ham Pundit Predictions- Who will win this GW7 clash?

Both Bournemouth and West Ham will look to bounce back from their respective midweek Cup defeats when they lock horns at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon. With Arsenal not playing until Monday night, victory for either side will, at least temporarily, see them move into the top four.

The referee for this game is Stuart Attwell, who was also the man in the middle when the Cherries beat the Hammers 2-1 in August 2018. This will however be his first game involving the Irons in the 19/20 season.

With Arthur Masuaku back from suspension, Manuel Pellegrini must decide whether to restore the former to his starting XI, or to persist with Aaron Cresswell, who scored a fine free kick to help seal all three points against Manchester United, and was named in several pundits’ Round 6 Team of the Week.

Here is a look at what various TV and media pundits have predicted for this clash.

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro reckons that home advantage will help Bournemouth and has backed Eddie Howe’s side to edge this clash 2-1. [Read more…]

Referee & match officials announced for Bournemouth vs West Ham

The referee for West Ham’s league clash this weekend at Bournemouth has been announced, and it’s a person who will be refereeing the Hammers for the first time in the 2019/20 season. Manuel Pellegrini’s men have played only six Premier League games this season but two referees- Mike Dean and Anthony Taylor, have already been in charge of two matches apiece for them.

Saturday’s referee will be Stuart Attwell, with Constantine Hatzidakis and Nicholas Hopton his assistants, and Andrew Madley in charge of VAR. Neil Hair will serve as the fourth official while Stephen Child will be Madley’s assistant on VAR.

How did West Ham do under Attwell in the 2018/19 season?

West Ham played four games under Attwell last season and lost three in a row before prevailing in the fourth and final one- a 3-0 victory at home against Southampton in the penultimate game of the season.

Interestingly, Attwell was also the referee when these two teams met last season- a fixture which the Cherries won 2-1 at the London Stadium.

West Ham under Attwell in 18/19

West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth (Round 2)
West Ham 1-3 Tottenham (League Cup)
Man City 1-0 West Ham (Round 28)
West Ham 3-0 Southampton (Round 37) [Read more…]

West Ham record with 18-19 third kit | List of games played in grey shirt

West Ham’s third kit hasn’t been very lucky for them in the current 2018/19 season. As on date, the Hammers have played four games in this grey alternate strip and haven’t won even one of them. They also failed to score in three of the four games, and the solitary goal they managed in the fourth game came from the penalty spot.

West Ham record with 2018/2019 third kit– Played 4, L3, D1, GF 1 (penalty), GA 9

All four of these games were away from home, and three of those four teams, with all due respect to them, are clubs against whom the Hammers would’ve expected to take at least a point, if not all three.

Matches in 2018-19 season played by West Ham in grey third kit

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham (August 12, 2018- GW 1)

West Ham’s first game of the season saw them beaten 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield.

Burnley 2-0 West Ham (December 30, 2018- GW 20)

The Hammers’ final game of the calendar year saw them crash to defeat at Turf Moor [Read more…]

No Arnie, No Party- Five talking points from Bournemouth v West Ham

West Ham fell to a disappointing defeat at the Vitality Stadium as Bournemouth completed a league double over them with a 2-0 win earlier today. Both goals came in the second half, one a fantastic volley from the boot of Callum Wilson and other in stoppage time from Joshua King.

Let’s take a look at our talking points from this game.

No Arnie, No Party: It’s obvious that West Ham are a better side with Marko Arnautovic in the starting XI. However the striker’s head appears to have been turned by an offer from China, and he wasn’t even in the squad for today’s fixture.

The likes of Felipe Anderson and Samir Nasri had some good attacking moments, and those might have amounted to more, if the Hammers had Arnautovic in the final third of the pitch instead of Andy Carroll. [Read more…]

West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth 2018 Review & Analysis- 150th league win as Bournemouth manager for Eddie Howe

Few would’ve expected West Ham to beat Liverpool at Anfield on the opening weekend, but this was definitely seen as a winnable fixture when the lists were announced. It was against Bournemouth (who had strung together only 4 away league wins last season), was their first of the 18/19 at the London Stadium under Manuel Pellegrini (who had registered 5-1 and 4-0 wins over the Cherries when he was manager of Man City)

Unfortunately, it all went pear shaped for the Hammers in the second half, with the Cherries completing a stunning come from behind victory to give manager Eddie Howe his 150th league win in charge of the club.

Pellegrini seemed to have sent a stern message with Ryan Fredericks, Declan Rice and Michail Antonio, all of whom could’ve been said to have performed poorly against Liverpool, axed from the match day squad. In came Pablo Zabaleta, Robert Snodgrass and Javier Hernandez, with Pellegrini opting for an effective 4-4-2 formation. [Read more…]

Hammers to begin season with trip to Anfield

Manuel Pellegrini’s first league game as West Ham manager will see his side make the trip north to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The Hammers have a home fixture against Bournemouth sandwiched between two tough games away at Liverpool and Arsenal respectively.

While that’s most definitely a tough start to the season, the festive period seems to have given a decent round of fixtures- Newcastle, Cardiff, Palace, Fulham, Watford, Southampton and Burnley, all of whom are definitely beatable on paper. [Read more…]

West Ham to face Bournemouth/Wigan if they beat Shrewsbury in FA Cup replay

West Ham United will face the winner of Wigan vs Bournemouth if they beat Shrewsbury in their FA Cup third round replay next week at the London Stadium. The draw for the fourth round of the tournament was made earlier today (8 January, 2017).

Wigan v Bournemouth, like the Hammers’ fixture against Shrewsbury, pits a third tier side vs a Premier League outfit. The original tie at Dean Court ended in a 2-2 draw, thanks to Steve Cook scoring a last gasp equaliser for the Cherries. Wigan were left fuming because of a potential non-awarded penalty just before Cook’s goal that would’ve seen the scoreline go 3-1 in favour of the home side.

The Latics are currently top of League One, with Shrewsbury in second. [Read more…]

Bournemouth v West Ham 2017 Boxing Day Player Ratings (by the media)

Here is how West Ham’s players were rated by the media after their 3-3 draw away at Bournemouth. The Hammers took the lead twice in the game only for a late controversial goal from Callum Wilson to see the Cherries pick up a point.

Not surprisingly, veteran Pablo Zabaleta was one of those poorly rated- the congested Christmas schedule appears to be taking its toll on the veteran Argentine, who struggled with Christian Atsu in the previous game, and with Ryan Fraser and Andrew Smith in this outing.

Ghana international Andre Ayew also came for in some flak- he missed a golden opportunity to put West Ham 2-0 up in the first half, and was taken off early in the second as Moyes injected both Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez from the bench for greater attacking threat.

Sky gave the returning Manuel Lanzini a 7 (the joint highest with other WHUFC players) while others thought the Argentine wasn’t so influential on his return from suspension.

The best rated players, not surprisingly were Arthur Masuaku and Marko Arnautovic, who have upped their game since the arrival of Moyes, and defender James Collins, who was captain for the afternoon in the absence of Winston Reid and Mark Noble [Read more…]

Bournemouth v West Ham Boxing Day 2017 Analysis- Bobby Madley Robs WHUFC of 3 points?

That’s probably what most West Ham fans will feel at the final whistle- robbed of three points thanks a dubious late equaliser (both offside and handball) awarded by referee Bobby Madley who chose to overrule the decision of his assistant.

In hindsight though, a point was probably a fair result for the game. Bournemouth did create more chances and two of West Ham’s goals were effectively gifts by Cherries keeper Asmir Begovic, who would’ve been the most relieved person on the pitch after Madley chose to allow Wilson’s stoppage time goal.

It was a thrilling Boxing Day fixture between the Hammers, who were just outside the drop zone, and Bournemouth, who were just in it- 17th vs 18th. Despite West Ham’s poor form on the road, they would’ve fancied their chances against the Cherries, who had the second worst home record in the Premier League after bottom of the table Swansea [Read more…]