Team Sheets For West Ham United v Stoke City

West Ham: Adrian, Tomkins, Ogbonna, Collins, Cresswell, Song, Zarate, Noble, Kouyate, Antonio, Carroll
Subs: Randolph,Valencia, Jenkinson, Obiang, Jelavic, Oxford, Cullen.
Stoke: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Whelan, Cameron, Afellay, van Ginkel, Arnautovic, Bojan
Subs: Bardsley, Joselu, Wilson, Adam, Diouf, Walters, Haugaard

We Told You So, Slaven Agrees About Chadwell

Finally common sense prevails, West Ham United manager Slaven Billic has seen the writing on the wall and confirmed what just about every West Ham fan on the planet already knew, Chadwell Heath is a training ground from the dark ages and that the club need to move their training to Rush Green, home of the development and youth teams! Based on real experience of the place, we can confirm that Chadwell is like a cast iron leaf spring compared to an adjustable carbon ceramic damper when it comes to location and facilities.

Has The Academy Become The Infirmary? Reid Out Until February

Just when West Ham fans were hoping for a festive respite from injuries, comes the news that saturday's man of the match against Manchester United, Winston Reid, is going to be unavailable to play until the beginning of February next year due to a hamstring injury sustained in training. It does beggar the question, what on earth are they doing during training? Have they invoked some anglo saxon gladiatorial challenge ethos whilst out on the already treacherous training pitches at Chadwell?

It Never Rains But Pours, Lanzini Out Until February!

Whether it could have been the running over of a black cat, the Old Gypsy curse or just plain bad luck, but West Ham United seem to be competing with Arsenal to see who can amass the most injuries to key players! It has been officially confirmed that Manuel Lanzini could be ruled out for up to six weeks with a quadriceps injury.

Wolves It Is Against The Irons 3rd Round FA Cup Draw

West Ham United have been drawn at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers for the 3rd round of the FA Cup

Seminal Performance From West Ham United

As games go a 0-0 draw in the Barclays Premier League is not to be sniffed at, especially if if it is attained at the 'theatre of dreams or old Trafford! A severely depleted West Ham team went into the supposed jaws of death that was Man utd, however, all was not as it was supposed to be, and despite any comments made by the 'face lift' man , Hammers hit the woodwork twice and were unlucky to be be denied what would have been an incredible run of away victories against all of the top Premier League clubs.- ed

Did Storm Desmond Prevent Manuel Lanzini From Playing Against Man U?

Sorry, Gallows humour. Hammers fans sitting down to see their team's starting line up will have been alarmed to notice the omission of star player Manuel Lanzini, not only from the starting line up , but from the entire squad! Word is that the diminutive Argentine picked up an injury yesterday in training that seemed inconsequential at the time, but flared up this morning. It seems another black cat has been run over by someone in claret and blue! - Ed

Manchester United v West Ham United Team Sheets

Manchester United: De Gea, Darmian, McNair, Smalling, Blind, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Fellaini, Lingard, Martial
Subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, Varela, Carrick, Pereira, Young, Memphis
West Ham United: Adrian, Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Song, Noble, Kouyate, Moses, Zarate, Carroll
Subs: Randolph, Jenkinson, Collins, Obiang, Oxford, Antonio, Jelavic
No Lanzini? What the...

Talisman Rooney Unfit To Face Hammers

Having watched their players drop like flies of late, West Ham fans will breathe a small sigh of relief in the knowledge that Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will not be fit enough to play in this Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Old Trafford. Think of him what you will, but Rooney has an unfortunate knack of playing well and scoring against West Ham, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera are also injured ahead of the game.

No Hiding Place For Andy Now

Following on from Dimitri Payet's injury and that of Enner Valencia's, the last thing Hammers manager Slaven Billic needed was for the prognosis of Diafra Sakho's injury to be bad. Unfortunately it seems that Sakho has a severe muscle tear that will rule him out for much of the season if not all! There is no point in West Ham fans cursing their luck, the old curse is still around and many are of the belief that the move to the Olympic stadium cannot come soon enough, but putting aside the 'gipsy' curse aspect, are things really that bad?


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