City love playing at the London Stadium, Haller looks promising & more- Five Talking Points from West Ham 0-5 Man City

West Ham’s opening league game of the 2019/20 season saw Manuel Pellegrini’s side go down 5-0 to defending champions Manchester City. The Hammers were pretty good for the first twenty odd minutes and were only a goal down at half time, but the floodgates opened after the interval once City got into their side.

Here are our talking points from this fixture.

City love playing at the London Stadium: Pep Guardiola’s men have now scored four or more goals against West Ham for the fifth game in succession at the London Stadium. Their record at this ground currently reads: Played 5, Won 5, Goals scored 22, Goals conceded 1.

While recent games at the Etihad between these two sides have been tightly fought, the ones at the London Stadium have been blowouts. It’s fast becoming one of City’s favourite grounds to play Premier League footy.

Sebastien Haller looks promising: Given City’s dominance, we didn’t really get to see much of West Ham’s new record signing, but he was impressive in the few instances he did get the ball. Strong, able to draw in defenders and has an eye for team mates around him. Also registered the Hammers’ first shot of this game with an attempted bicycle kick.

Questions remain over West Ham’s defence: While Manuel Pellegrini did strength his attack significantly with the additions of Fornals and Haller, there was little done on the defensive side of things. Youngster Goncalo Cardoso was their only signing in that department, and he didn’t even make the 18 here. [Read more…]

West Ham v Man City 2019 Predictions- What do pundits think of the Hammers’ chances in season opener?

West Ham begin the 2019/20 Premier League season today afternoon against defending champions Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side witnessed title rivals Liverpool get their campaign off to a winning start against Norwich last night, and will be keen to open their account as well.

The Hammers’ new summer signing Sebastian Haller jokingly said “What a sh** game to start with” ahead of this clash, but given City’s dazzling list of superstars, it’s perhaps a sentiment echoed by many West Ham fans. This is the sixth straight season where the Hammers are opening their campaign against top six opposition.

Let’s take a look at what various TV pundits have predicted for this WHUFC v City clash.

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro notes that City have scored four or more goals in their last four trips to the London Stadium, but thinks it will “not be so easy” for them this time.

Has gone for a narrow 2-1 win to City. [Read more…]

Mike Dean appointed as referee for West Ham’s opening round fixture against Man City

Have West Ham incurred the wrath of the fixture gods? Judging by the opponents they’ve been given in the opening week of the last few seasons, we feel tempted to say yes.

Since 2014, West Ham have always drawn a member of the “top six” for their first league fixture of the season.

WHUFC opposition on opening day of the season- last five seasons

2014/15- West Ham 0-1 Tottenham
2015/16- Arsenal 0-2 West Ham
2016/17- Chelsea 2-1 West Ham
2017/18- Manchester United 4-0 West Ham
2018/19- Liverpool 4-0 West Ham

A bad start to the season almost always ensures you’re playing catch up. This season appears to be no exception either, with the Hammers drawing defending champions Manchester City on the opening day of the season. The only small mercy- the fixture against Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side is at home, instead of the Etihad Stadium. There is also the possible element of pressure if Liverpool, as expected, win on Friday night against Norwich, given the neck and neck tussle City and the Reds had last season. [Read more…]

Man City v West Ham Predictions- What do the pundits think of our chances at the Etihad?

Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping for a maiden win as manager over Pep Guardiola when West Ham travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City.

The Hammers will be hoping that City’s congested fixture list- they played 120 minutes on Sunday against Chelsea in the EFL Cup final, plays into their hands. The defending champions will also be without key players like Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho, who picked up knocks at Wembley and join Gabriel Jesus and John Stones in the treatment room.

The referee for this game is Stuart Attwell, under whom the Hammers are on a three game losing streak. He was the man with the whistle when they lost 3-1 to Spurs (EFL Cup) and 2-1 to Bournemouth (GW 2 in August)

By comparison, City have NEVER lost a Premier League under Attwell. Their record under him in the league reads P7- W6, D1

What do the pundits make of West Ham’s chances at the Etihad? Let’s take a look.

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro notes City’s growing injury list, but also adds that “they have got enough good players on form to hurt the Hammers”. Has predicted a 3-1 win to Pep Guardiola’s side. [Read more…]

West Ham v Man City predictions- How do the pundits reckon the Hammers will fare against Pep Guardiola’s men?

West Ham’s first game after the international break sees Manuel Pellegrini’s men host league leaders Man City. The fixture will be refereed by Andre Marriner, under whom Man City beat Huddersfield 6-1 earlier this season.

The Hammers have lost their last five games against City across all competitions and one needs to go back to the time current Irons gaffer Manuel Pellegrini was at the Etihad as MCFC boss for West Ham’s last win over the Citizens.

The home side are definitely up against it this weekend, although their performances against the top sides has been encouraging this season. Bar that opening day loss to Liverpool, none of their games against the top six has been a walkover for the opposition. [Read more…]