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…]

Diop and Balbuena re-united, First team to win at New Spurs Stadium & More- Talking Points from Tottenham v West Ham

West Ham became the first visiting team to win at the new Spurs stadium as they secured their first away league triumph of 2019 on Saturday afternoon. Michail Antonio’s fine finish midway through the second half gave the Hammers all three points against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Here are our talking points from the game.

Balbuena and Diop re-united: After a long time, Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop together played as a central defensive pair. The pairing between the Paraguayan and the young French star has been one of the bright points of West Ham’s season, and they were fantastic today as the Hammers secured a rare clean sheet. Balbuena denied Vincent Janssen a late equaliser with his clearance off the line, while Diop almost scored a great individual goal, striding from his own half into the opposition box, but was denied by Lloris.

Angelo Ogbonna has his moments, but tends to be inconsistent. Balbuena and Diop are clearly the way forward.

First away team to win at the New Spurs stadium: West Ham became the first away team to win at the new Spurs stadium, and Antonio’s goal was the first the Lilywhites have conceded at this ground. Nice little pub trivia stat in favour of the Hammers, who were also the first team to win against Arsenal at the Emirates.

All the more remarkable given that the Hammers had taken just one point from 8 league games on the road prior to this clash. [Read more…]

Tottenham vs West Ham Predictions- What do the pundits think of the Hammers’ chances?

West Ham will be looking to become the first team to take points off Tottenham Hotspur at their new stadium when the two teams do battle on Saturday afternoon. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will have one eye on their upcoming Champions League semi-final against Ajax, but will also be aware that a loss here could give their rivals renewed hope in the top four race. The third place Lilywhites hold a three point advantage over fourth place Chelsea, who will be squaring off against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd this weekend.

The Hammers lost the reverse fixture earlier this season, although Spurs could perhaps count themselves lucky to emerge with all three points on that occasion.

Let’s take a look at what the pundits have to say about this GW36 clash.

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro notes that the midweek results worked out perfectly for Spurs- they beat Brighton while United and Arsenal both lost. Feels West Ham “carry a threat but are inconsistent” and backs Mauricio Pochettino’s men to win 2-1. [Read more…]

Referee announced for West Ham Tottenham Carabao Cup clash- Spurs unbeaten this decade under him!

The referee for Wednesday evening’s EFL Cup clash between West Ham and Tottenham at the London Stadium has been announced, and it’s Stuart Attwell, who also presided over the Hammers’ 2-1 loss at home to Bournemouth in the second week of the Premier League back in August.

West Ham are winless in their last three games under Attwell- apart from the loss to the Cherries mentioned above, they were also beaten 4-1 at Anfield in February and drew 1-1 with Burnley in October last year. Attwell has refereed five Premier League games so far in this 18/19 season- West Ham were the only home team to lose. [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 West Ham’s players fare against Spurs?

Like Brighton, this was a game West Ham should’ve at least drawn, if not won. They certainly created enough chances to take all three points, but Spurs walked away with the win at the end- the first time in nearly six decades that the Lilywhites have won five straight London derbies.

Both of West Ham’s changes for this game- Aaron Cresswell for Arthur Masuaku and Robert Snodgrass for Pedro Obiang, were injury enforced. Javier Hernandez made his first appearance since the Wolves game for the Hammers as a second half substitute and even managed to get the ball into the back of the net after some beautiful interplay with Marko Arnautovic, but it was disallowed for offside.

If Yarmolenko was poor against Brighton, his fellow winger Felipe Anderson had a game to forget this time around, with his reluctance to track back not helping left back Aaron Cresswell’s cause. He was culpable for the first goal- some poor defending that allowed Moussa Sissoko to set up Erik Lamela. It was a goal that should never have been conceded, and was Spurs’ first shot on target till then! And lest it not be forgotten, when West Ham were on the attack, Mark Noble was robbed of the ball in the move that eventually lead to Spurs’ goal. Yarmolenko was stretchered off towards the end of the first half and is now set for an extended spell on the sidelines, adding to Pellegrini’s headaches. [Read more…]

West Ham v Tottenham predictions- What do the pundits say?

West Ham beat Everton in their first game after the September international break and will be hoping for a similar result when they host Spurs after the October break on Saturday afternoon at the London Stadium. The Hammers are winless in their last five home games under Martin Atkinson, the ref for this clash, but did edge the Lilywhites the last time the 47 year old reffed a WHUFC-Spurs game.

How do the pundits reckon this game will pan out? Spurs are fifth in the table with 18 points from 8 games while West Ham are in 15th with 7 points from the same number of fixtures. [Read more…]

Throwback- What happened when Martin Atkinson last reffed a West Ham-Spurs game?

Martin Atkinson has been appointed as the referee for this weekend’s West Ham v Tottenham clash, and we did a feature on the club’s recent record under him.

Atkinson has reffed two West Ham v Spurs Premier League games since his appointment as a top flight official, and the last one was over eight years ago! It was at Upton Park, back in September 2010, and Avram Grant’s Hammers won the fixture 1-0, moving off the bottom of the table thanks to that victory over the Lilywhites, then managed by Harry Redknapp. French striker Frederic Piquionne scored the only goal of the GW6 clash in the 29th minute, assisted by Mark Noble.

Not surprisingly, given the cut throat nature of the Premier League, both teams have undergone wholesale changes since then, with Noble the only survivor from that fixture. [Read more…]

Referee appointed for Spurs clash- Hammers winless in last five home games under him!

Martin Atkinson has officially been appointed as the referee for West Ham’s first game after the international break, a tough London derby against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur. We take a look at the Hammers’ recent record under the 47 year old.

West Ham have not won in their last five home league games under Atkinson

Interestingly enough, the Hammers have not won in their last five Premier League games at home when Atkinson was the referee.

West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth (20 January, 2018)
West Ham 1-1 Leicester (24 November, 2017)
West Ham 0-3 Brighton (20 October, 2017)
West Ham 2-4 Watford (10 September, 2016)
West Ham 1-1 West Brom (29 November, 2015) [Read more…]

West Ham Player Ratings vs Tottenham- How did the media see them?

Here is a look at the media player rating for West Ham after their stunning 3-2 comeback win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup.

Not surprisingly, Andrew Ayew got most of the plaudits, with the Ghanaian international being praised for his second half performance.

Edimilson Fernandes has also been appreciated for putting in a shift before making way in the second half for Pedro Obiang.

Also check out Manuel Lanzini’s ratings- we thought the little Argentine acquitted himself quite well after the interval after a quiet first half. [Read more…]