Everton 1-3 West Ham | 4-1-4-1 formation gives Pellegrini victory on 65th birthday

West Ham gave manager Manuel Pellegrini a fantastic birthday present as they beat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park to claim their first points of the season. The Hammers, who had lost their first four games, were under lots of pressure coming into this fixture. Chelsea and Man Utd were their next opponents after the Everton game, meaning a loss at Goodison could potentially see the club start the season with 7 defeats. Add to this their poor H2H record against Everton- the Toffees had won more Premier League games against West Ham than any other club, and the Hammers had only been victorious twice in their last 22 visits to Goodison Park. [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…]

Umbro & West Ham unveil 2018-19 season shirts

West Ham have become the second Umbro outfitted Premier League club to reveal their new shirts for the 18/19 season. Everton were the first to do so last month and the Hammers have followed suit now, shortly after announcing Manuel Pellegrini as their new boss. While the Toffees only chose to unveil their new home kit, West Ham have gone one step ahead and revealed both home and away kits for the new season.

While there’s been some mixed feedback from fans regarding the lack of blue on the sleeves, we think the home one is a pretty good effort from Umbro! The away though feels like a bit of a let down. Were yellow socks the best idea? Should it have been “dark teal” all through? [Read more…]

West Ham 3-0 Southampton | Abysmal Saints crash to defeat at the London Stadium

A disappointing performance from Southampton, perhaps one of the worst you’d see from a Premier League team this season, saw West Ham pick up a vital win in this effective six pointer game and ease their relegation fears at the London Stadium.

Saints were expected to give West Ham a run for their money in manager Mark Hughes’ first game in charge, but produced a shocking first half display, allowing a struggling West Ham side to look utterly dominant.

For West Ham, injuries meant David Moyes went with a Cresswell-Ogbonna-Rice back three, with Joao Mario and Michail Antonio in support of Marko Arnautovic. The game also saw the return of Arthur Masuaku after the conclusion of his ban for spitting at Nick Powell. [Read more…]

International Round up- Lanzini, Arnautovic score, Rice MOTM for Ireland

There was some good news for West Ham fans in the first set of matches during the March international break. Star playmaker Manuel Lanzini made his first start for Argentina at the Etihad Stadium in a friendly against Italy and scored an absolute screamer to help Sampaoli’s men beat the 2006 World Cup winners. His goal came shortly after Ever Banega had finished off a team move to put Argentina 1-0 ahead.

Marko Arnautovic netted twice as Austria beat Slovenia in a friendly.

Versatile midfielder Declan Rice was named Man of the Match in the Republic of Ireland’s game against Turkey, despite them ending on the losing side thanks to Mehmet Topal’s second half strike.

Lanzini is however expected to be a doubt for Argentina’s next game after picking up a knock in the fixture against the Azzurri. [Read more…]

West Ham player ratings vs Liverpool (A)- How did the Hammers perform at Anfield?

West Ham slumped to a 4-1 loss at Anfield on Saturday– a disappointing, but not unexpected result for most fans. Liverpool crossed 100 goals for the season across all competitions during the game and West Ham’s solitary strike came from Michail Antonio, who netted 70 seconds after coming on as a second half sub.

How did Patrice Evra fare on his debut for the Hammers, with the Liverpool fans booing every touch of his given the French defender’s past history with ex Reds player Luis Suarez? How did Manuel Lanzini go on his return from injury?

Most of the papers seem to agree that Marko Arnautovic was West Ham’s best player at Anfield, and rightly so. The Austrian tested Karius with a couple of good efforts in the first half and did his best despite playing alone upfront. Antonio, a second half replacement for Lanzini, was their second best player on the park.

Angelo Ogbonna, who has been one the mainstays of the back three under Moyes, had an off-day at Anfield, as shown by the ratings. [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…]

Media Player Ratings- Huddersfield v West Ham (2018)

West Ham secured three crucial points against Huddersfield away on Saturday to continue their resurgence under David Moyes. Not surprisingly much of the praise was reserved for the attacking duo of Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic, who scored three of the Hammers’ four goals between them.

Austrian forward Arnautovic even bagged the first 10/10 rating by a West Ham player this season [Read more…]

Huddersfield v West Ham 2018 Report- Arnautovic Lanzini show gives Moyes 200th Premier League win

Manuel Lanzini’s brace, his first on the road in the Premier League for fourteen months and a beautiful effort from Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic were enough for West Ham to beat Huddersfield 4-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium and give coach David Moyes his 200th Premier League win as manager- only Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp have more wins than the Scotsman.

West Ham had lost only one of their last six Premier League games going into this clash- Huddersfield, by comparison, had won ONLY once in their last six, which mean that this would be an intriguing fixture despite the Hammers’ indifferent away form.

For West Ham, James Collins took the place of Winston Reid in defence and Arnautovic returned to the XI after recovering from a hamstring problem. David Wagner chose to put new Huddersfield signing Alex Pritchard on the bench. [Read more…]