Talking Points and Media Player Ratings- West Ham 4-3 Huddersfield

West Ham avoided a major embarrassment at home against strugglers Huddersfield Town as Javier Hernandez’s brace helped them snatch a last gasp 4-3 win. Up against a Town side that hadn’t scored away from home since Boxing Day, the Hammers were 3-1 down midway through the second half before a late fightback saw them down Jan Siewert’s men. Here are our talking points from the game, as well as the player ratings from the media.

Fabian Balbuena needs to start soon: The Balbuena-Issa Diop partnership was one of the highlights of the season for the Hammers before the Paraguayan got injured. He’s now fit, but Pellegrini, perhaps out of loyalty to Angelo Ogbonna, has chosen to continue with the Italian’s partnership with young Frenchman Diop in the heart of defence.

There have been some good moments with the Ogbonna-Diop partnership, but the consistency that Pellegrini would like is missing. Together, the solidity you’d expect from a side wanting to challenge for Europe isn’t quite there- too many defensive lapses for the fans’ liking. [Read more…]

Huddersfield v West Ham Predictions- How do pundits reckon the Hammers will fare this weekend?

West Ham will be aiming to win back to back Premier League matches for the first time in nearly two years when they travel to the Kirklees Stadium this weekend to take on David Wagner’s Huddersfield. Several stats are on the side of the visitors- the Terriers have never won in the Premier League under the referee for this game, Chris Kavanagh and they have a poor league record in November.

On paper, this looks like an easy win for the Hammers. Town hadn’t even scored at home until Fosu Mensah’s own goal on Monday night broke that long drought- the victory over Fulham was also their first league win of the season.

Here are the pundit predictions for this HTAFC-West Ham clash on Saturday afternoon [Read more…]

Why West Ham should win on Saturday- Huddersfield’s November record under David Wagner

Earlier this week, we pointed out that the referee appointed for this weekend’s Huddersfield v West Ham clash– Chris Kavanagh, is one under whom the Terriers are yet to win a single Premier League game.

Here is another stat that should give West Ham fans plenty of hope going into Saturday’s fixture at the Kirklees Stadium- HTAFC’s poor league record in the month of November under manager David Wagner. The Terriers appear to avoid defeat in the first game of the month, but it seems to go pear shaped afterwards. Take a look below! [Read more…]

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…]

Comparison Stats- Marko Arnautovic under Moyes vs Arnautovic under Bilic

Marko Arnautovic has been a changed man since David Moyes replaced Slaven Bilic at the London Stadium, and the Austrian continued his fine form with a goal and assists for Manuel Lanzini in West Ham’s 4-1 win over Huddersfield. Arnautovic’s performance in that game prompted Football.London to give him a 10/10 rating– the first one they’ve given to any West Ham player in the current campaign.

Under Slaven Bilic, Arnautovic looked like an early candidate for “Flop signing of the summer”, and this infographic shows the dramatic change in the performances of him and Manuel Lanzini since Moyes arrived. He even earned a nomination for the December player of the month (the award eventually went to Harry Kane)

While we’ve known that the duo have improved, to see it in terms of numbers is quite an eye-opener, literally speaking.

Can a change of manager influence things that much? Looking at these stats, definitely yes! [Read more…]