West Ham United London
|DATE||Saturday 23rd September 2017|
|WEST HAM UNITED LONDON SQUAD||2.
3. Aaron CRESSWELL
4. Jose FONTE
5. Pablo ZABALETA
7. Marko ARNAUTOVIC
8. Cheikhou KOUYATE
9. Andy CARROLL
10. Manuel LANZINI
14. Pedro OBIANG
Our home form has invited criticism from the media, but it hasn't
been too bad in truth, with late goals costing us the first two
games and stubborn resistance by Swansea keeping us out last time
out. It may not have resulted in the results we might have
wanted but the performances had been pretty good. Away from
home it may prove easier to break teams down, as home sides are
expected to come out and play a bit. Whether the Bilic side
will do so or sit in for a point is a question we will wait to see
The early season travails are now seemingly light years away for the Irons, with a number of points picked up at the expense of Huddersfield Town and West Bromwich Albion. Now out of the relegation zone, the club are now setting their eyes on a climb up the table with Tottenham their next victims. Spurs need a result to make up for dropped points at home and with this match being a pre-cursor to the League Cup meeting at Wembley in a few weeks time, Spurs face two West Ham United London Cup Finals with a fierce determination to do well.
Despite signing Hernandez (spelled with small P) in the summer, Andy Carroll still appears to be Bilic's blunt weapon of choice. With an attacking threat from winger Antonio, the England man showed he is not so comfortable at full back at the Lane last year, where Spurs got at him down our left wing. Andre Ayew has not been the striker West Ham thought they were signing, but he is strong and given the ball in front of goal is able to stick it away sometimes. Diafro Sakho has recently been re-introduced to the side and scored in the mid-week win over Bolton Wanderers.
The Argentine Lanzini is likely to miss the game with injury and he has the ability to open up defences with dribbles that commit players, but Pedro Obiang has stepped up his game and added a couple of goals to it to fill the gap. Unfortunately for the Irons, he is out of this match too. Stoke City's former Austrian midfielder Marko Arnautovic has had an up and down start to his career at the Olympic Stadium, getting sent off in his first game and using his strength in ways that upset referees, but he likes to think of himself as Ibrahimovic v2.0 and can conjure up moments of magic, but they are random and hopefully not going to appear against us. Home grown Mark Noble will be back to run around kicking things (mostly not the football) and Kouyate will cover lots of ground and get tackled in with his Inspector Gadget like legs, but they will need reinforcements in midfield to stifle Tottenham's game.
Having signed a couple of Manchester City players who Pep Guardiola deigned surplus to requirement in his re-vamp of his defence - West Ham now have Joe Hart in goal with Pablo Zabaleta in front of him. With James Collins out injured, Winston Reid will be partnered by Jose Fonte in the middle of a standard back four, with Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaka as the full backs, who will try and press forward, but mainly will be making sure they don't leave any space in behind them. Angelo Ogbonna is another central defender who could fir into the back four if required.
It will be another tight London derby, but Spurs are starting to
kick on and we seem to be making a habit of slow starting, which
catches up with us later in the season. Three points here will
help rectify some of that and I reckon Pochettino will put out a
strong side that will be good enough to keep us near the top and
ensure a short, but happy journey back to Hotspur Way.
|PREDICTION||West Ham United London 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2|
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WEST HAM UNITED
LONDON TEAM NEWS :
Manuel Lanzini and Pedro Obiang will be unavailable for the match with Tottenham through injury.
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Erik Lamela (hips), Danny Rose (knee) and Victor Wanyama (Knee) are all rule dout of the match with West Ham United London.
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Saturday 23rd September 2017
Tottenham Hotspur 3 (2)
Kick off 12:30
Hernandez 65m 55s
Kouyate 86m 11s
Kane 33m 55s
Kane 37m 36s
Eriksen 59m 30s
Hernandez (foul on Dier) 81
Ayew (foul on Davies) 90+3
Carroll (handbags) 90+6
Reid (getting involved in melee) 90+6
Aurier (persistent fouling) 65
Dier (getting involved in melee) 90+6
Llorente (handbags) 90+6
|Crowd : 56,988||Weather : Warm, sunny|
|Referee : Michael Oliver (Northumberland)||Assistant Referees : Mr. S. Bennett; Mr. S. Burt|
|Fourth Official : Andre Marriner|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the North Stand end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 6 minutes.|
|West Ham United London :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Jose FONTE (26
Artuhur MASUAKU 74)
5 Pablo ZABALETA
Michail ANTONIO (
9 Andy CARROLL
10 Harry KANE (18 Fernando LLORENTE 89 )
|Manager : Slaven Bilic||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : BetWay||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : Macron||Kit Supplier : Nike|
A trip to the People's Stadium is never much fun, unless you are long-sighted. And it is certainly no fun for West Ham United London fans, who have to watch their team, have to contemplate the thoughts of being in the bottom three and then have to leave early to avoid the joyous scenes in the away section. Today was another such outing for the Irons' fans and they were on the end of a 3-2 win by Spurs, who made it much harder than it should have been when they were controlling the game at 3-0. That was when the great Claret and Blue exodus started.
Spurs were without Dembele. Son and Trippier made way for Aurier and Davies. West Ham were as expected in their line-up, but they set up in a 3-4-2-1 formation to try and counter the 3-2-4-1 system Spurs employed.
Little happened in the first
five minutes, as both teams were sizing each other up, but West ham
were getting three men around Eriksen and Kane every time they got
the ball. Lloris had to rush out of his box to beat Arnautovic to
the ball and Eriksen's deflected shot had to be palmed over the bar
as it looked as though the looping ball would drop under it.
Pochettino looked to make substitutions enforced by the sending off to stem the tide, but it didn't really stem the flow. Luckily, West Ham left it too late and Bilic was left to worry about his employment status, while Pochettino will off-set his win bonus against the bill for taking the squad out last week.
Another away trip next week to Huddersfield should give Spurs the opportunity to show how they can perform against a hard-working side, playing on the break. Sound familiar ? It could be an interesting match-up.
West Ham United London
were one known as The London River Thames United.
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|What you thought|
|Other scores during this week :|
|Manchester City||5||Crystal Palace||0||Saturday|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||1||Newcastle United||0||Sunday|
|Arsenal||2||West Bromwich Albion||0||Monday|
|League Table 2017-18|
|12||West Bromwich Albion||6||2||2||2||4||6||8||-2|
|13||Brighton & Hove Albion||6||2||1||3||5||7||7||-2|
|18||West Ham United London||6||1||1||4||6||13||4||-7|
Position before match :
Position after match : 4th
Position after the weekend : 4th
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.
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