Southampton FC v West Ham United Team Sheets

Southampton: McCarthy, Targett, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Yoshida, Valery, Romeu, Lemina, Armstrong, Remond, Ings Subs: Gunn, Stephens, Long, Austin, Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse, Ramsay
West Ham: Fabianski, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Antonio, Rice, Obiang, Snodgrass, Anderson, Diangana, Perez Subs: Adrian, Carroll, Noble, Masuaku, Silva, Coventry

Pelle's Hands Tied Ahead Of Four Games In Ten Days

Manuel Pellegrini knew ahead of the Christmas and New Year schedule that he was going to be hard pressed to put out an effective team for all the matches, his problem has been made more acute as both his 'general' in defence, Fabian Balbuena, and his forward Chicharito look increasingly unlikely to feature in the first of four games in ten days tonight at St Mary's against a ressurgent Southampton side.

Carroll To Be In The Shop Window Against Southampton

Almost as if in the Movie Groundhog day, history seems to be repeating itself as Hammers great white hope Andy Carroll prepares for his thousandth return from injury. We have all been there before, not least the player who has had to make more come backs than Status Quo!

Pellegrini's Oxford U Turn

Up until a couple of days ago Hammers starlet Reece Oxford looked to all intents and purposes as if he was on his way out from The London Stadium, but manager Manuel Pellegrini, known for his man management skills, has apparently sat down with the lad and had a good heart to heart about how things should progress.

A Very Unspecial Christmas Message To All Hammers Fans

Christmas is a time for giving, so we would like to 'give a little'. Firstly we would like to thank the referee 'Zombie School' of finishing for providing a string of incredibly inept officials for the vast majority of games played at the London track and field Stadium, without whom life would have been so drab.

Hammers Sweating On General's Assessment Ahead Of Saints

Well That's Ruined Christmas Deeney Panto Villain Hum Bug

A goal from Hammers nemesis Troy Deeney via a penalty and a late Gerard Deulofeu strike inflicted West Ham's first defeat since November in the final home game of 2018 at the London Stadium. The 'feel good' factor was there courtesy of both defences but it was a rare and potentially very costly error from 'the General' Fabian Balbuena that led to Watford's first goal.

Confirmed Team News West Ham United v Watford FC

West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Anderson, Hernandez, Antonio. Subs: Adrian, Cresswell, Carroll, Obiang, Ogbonna, Silva, Diangana.
Watford FC: Foster, Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Sema, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney.Subs: Gomes, Mariappa, Cleverley, Success, Masina, Quina, Okaka.

Exciting Forward To Link Up With Fellow Brazilian Anderson

One minute fans hear that West Ham United are close to financial fair play limits, the next they hear that the club are pursuing various exotic players ahead of the January transfer window opening. One of the latest stories to do the rounds relates to Inter Milan forward Gabriel Barbosa, who following a lengthy chat with fellow Brazilian Felipe Anderson is supposedly interested in joining West Ham on loan in January .

For Once FFP Really Is Relevant And Not Smoke And Mirrors

In the past fans have always been highly suspicious of financial fair play limitations being rolled out as an excuse for West Ham United's 'tepid' recruitment policy, and perhaps there suspicions may have been justified, but that was in the past. However few can doubt that the Hammers board have dug deep this season to provide Manuel Pellegrini with the squad and fire power required to pursue a comfortable mid table position with the possibility of Europa League qualification.


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