Referee announced for Huddersfield-West Ham game | Town winless in Premier League under him!

The referee for West Ham’s crucial Round 12 league clash this weekend away at Huddersfield Town has been officially announced. Chris Kavanagh will be the man in charge of this game, assisted by Simon Bennett and Marc Perry, with Michael Oliver to serve as the fourth official.

While Town had a good record in the Championship under Kavanagh, they are yet to win a top flight game refereed by him. The news will be music to the ears of Manuel Pellegrini, whose side are aiming to register back to back league wins for the first time since January 2017. [Read more…]

West Ham vs Burnley Recap- Key moments, opportunities & chances- Minute by Minute

Here is a minute by minute summary of all the key moments, opportunities, chances and (of course!) goals from West Ham’s 4-2 win over Burnley on November 3, 2018 (Saturday).

Both teams were neck and neck in the points table going into this Round 11 clash, with the same 2-2-6 record to show for their efforts after the first ten games.

West Ham started with a 4-1-4-1 and welcomed Marko Arnautovic back from illness. Aaron Cresswell got the nod ahead of Arthur Masuaku at left back- both apparently had issues ahead of the game, but Pellegrini said he’d go with the fitter player, and chose the former. Right back Pablo Zabaleta was named captain for the day in the absence of the suspended Mark Noble. [Read more…]

West Ham’s Anderson named in BBC Team of the Week for GW 11, Rice praised by Redknapp

West Ham’s Felipe Anderson has been named in BBC pundit Garth Crooks’ Premier League Team of the Week for Round 11. The Brazilian scored a brace in the second half on Saturday against Burnley to help his side gain three vital points at the London Stadium.

Both of Anderson’s goals came after the interval- West Ham, prior to the Burnley fixture, had only scored two second half goals across ALL ten of their previous Premier League games this season.

The Brazilian could’ve even had a third but was denied by the woodwork. Not surprisingly, he was also named as the Hammers’ best player on the afternoon across various newspapers.

This is what Crooks had to say about Anderson’s performance against the Clarets.

The Brazilian has looked impressive on the ball this season, however, against Burnley he looked just as impressive in front of goal.

Anderson was the only West Ham player in Crooks’ Team of the Week. The Irons had three representatives the previous week- goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and defenders Pablo Zabaleta and Fabian Balbuena. [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare against Burnley?

Prior to this game, West Ham had only scored two second half goals in the ten Premier League fixtures they had played this season. Here, they proceeded to score three times in the space of 25 second half minutes to secure 3 absolutely precious points and give manager Manuel Pellegrini, who had labelled this a “must-win”, some much needed breathing space.

All pundits had expected the Hammers to beat Sean Dyche’s side, and for forty five minutes till the interval, they dominated all aspects of the game except the scoreboard, where Burnley somehow found themselves level at half time despite having only 32% possession and having a passing accuracy of only 60%. [Read more…]

West Ham v Burnley Predictions- What do the pundits say?

West Ham will be desperately looking for a win when they host Burnley at the London Stadium later this afternoon. Despite their best efforts in recent weeks, the Hammers have come up short in the points department, and will be keen to set that right this month, beginning with their clash against Sean Dyche’s men at home.

This is the beginning of a set of relatively easy fixtures for the Hammers, one they’d expect to take maximum points from. Injuries haven’t helped Manuel Pellegrini’s cause, with several key players in the treatment room, but the Chilean will be hoping that both defence and offence click together against the Clarets. However Dyche’s Burnley did not lose to Pellegrini’s Man City when he was in charge of the Citizens during the 2014/15 season.

How do the pundits in the media feel about West Ham’s chances? Let’s take a look! [Read more…]