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…]

Five things we learnt from West Ham v Tottenham- Post Match Thoughts

Another disappointing result despite perhaps playing the better football of the two sides- that’s been the story for most of this season for Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham. Fans will count several games- Arsenal, Chelsea, Brighton and now Spurs, where the Irons deserved much more. Some would argue they played well enough to take 12 points from these four games, but the fact remains that they’ve taken only one, and find themselves stranded deep in the bottom half of the table with only 7 points to show for their efforts so far. Perhaps it should’ve been expected- the Hammers were winless in their last five at home under Martin Atkinson, the ref for the Spurs clash.

On the positive side, West Ham have now played five of the current Premier League “big” six in their opening nine games. Their next set of games appears to be far easier, but does Pellegrini have the personnel to do the job? The latest person to join the casualty ward was Andriy Yarmolenko, who ruptured his Achilles and joins a growing long term injury list which already contains the likes of Sanchez, Wilshere, Lanzini, Carroll and Reid. It’s not quite crisis time, but the rising amount of injuries will worry West Ham’s Chilean gaffer. [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did the media rate West Ham’s performance against Arsenal?

This was always going to be a tough fixture- West Ham had lost more Premier League games to Arsenal than any other side, which meant that the Gunners were strong favourites coming into this Round 3 clash, despite themselves losing to Man City and Chelsea. All the pundits had backed Arsenal to win, and win they did, on the back of an impressive second half performance following the introductions of Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira into the game. [Read more…]

4 changes for West Ham against Arsenal- Arnautovic captain, Diop & Antonio in XI

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has announced his starting XI to do duty at the Emirates against Arsenal for their Round 3 fixture. The Chilean has made four changes, with Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Carlos Sanchez and Michail Antonio coming in for Pablo Zabaleta, Angelo Ogbonna, Mark Noble and Javier Hernandez respectively.

Fredericks and Antonio had started the opening weekend loss to Liverpool, but were dropped for the next game against Bournemouth.

Angelo Ogbonna drops out of the matchday squad completely, meaning a new partner in central defence in the form of Issa Diop for Fabian Balbuena. [Read more…]